MMA fighter Nick Diaz, and UFC President Dana White don’t agree on much. That being said, one of the few things they can agree on is that MMA fighters who smoke marijuana and end up getting popped for their indiscretion, should be given penalties that are more befitting the “crime,” particularly when marijuana is being measured against steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. While Dana White has made it quite clear that he has no need to smoke pot, Nick Diaz feels that smoking weed increases his enjoyment of life and consistency in the ring. “I’m more consistent about everything being a cannabis user,” Nick has mentioned in past interviews. “I’m happy to get loaded, hear some good music . . . I remain consistent. As to the drug tests – they don’t truly concern me.
Dana comment that “I don’t even smoke weed, but it’s [expletive] illegal, so you shouldn’t do it,” White said. “OK? But the guys are going to get busted [for testing positive for POT] and they’re going to get the same suspension they would for performance-enhancing drugs. When you take a PED’s and you go in and you face another fighter, you can seriously harm him a guy. You know what I mean?
“But [giving fighters similar suspensions for using both PEDs and marijuana] is just crazy. It’s so easy to sit there and say, ‘Here’s what you should do. Here’s how you fix it,’ but there are so many flaws in the system, it’s just not that easy. It’s not just, ‘Hey, let’s sign up this company [to do testing].’ There’s a whole [expletive] of things that would come about.”
Over the past year, UFC fighters like Matt Riddle and Nick Diaz were sidelined for extensive periods of time for positive marijuana tests. Dana hit the nail on the head when noting “I do not think the penalty should be the same for taking marijuana as it is for [using] performance-enhancing drugs.”
White noted that drug testing by state athletic commissions is sufficient enough to police the fighters in the UFC.
“Forget about PEDs,” White said. “If we get into this system that we’re talking about where we would randomly test these guys, do you know how many guys would probably test positive for marijuana? It would be probably off the charts.
“If you randomly test them and then [the results] came out, you’d get the exact same suspension [for using marijuana] as you do for using PEDs.”
Source – The Examiner