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Nick Diaz’s Lawyer Responds to NSAC Suspension, Claims “Marijuana Metabolites” Not on Banned Substance List


(In Stockton, even the superheroes are on drugs.) 

Considering that Nick Diaz has stated he is done fighting MMA, a notion that his own brother believes he will hold true to, perhaps this news is ultimately a moot point. Regardless, after Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his unanimous decision loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143, he was handed a one year suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, probably to give him some time to think about this whole retirement issue.

Well if Diaz’s lawyer, Ross Goodman, has his way, Diaz could have the option to return to MMA sooner than he thinks, should he decide to. Yes, it appears Goodman filed a response challenging the commission’s ruling yesterday, claiming that since Diaz tested positive for “marijuana metabolites” and not marijuana, he should therefore be exempt from any punishment, as marijuana metabolites are not on the NSAC’s list of banned substances: Here’s what he told ESPN.com in a recent interview:

Marijuana is the only substance that is prohibited; not marijuana metabolites. The basis to discipline Mr. Diaz is that he tested positive for a prohibited substance. We know he didn’t test positive for marijuana. So, you look to see at WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency]whether marijuana metabolites are prohibited. They do not prohibit it in any category. You have to test positive for marijuana, as opposed to this inactive ingredient Nick did.

If there’s nothing in the rules prohibiting marijuana metabolites, why are we here?

Now, we know we’ve discussed this issue and issues related to marijuana use a thousand times. It’s an interesting subject, and let’s be honest, would any of you watch videos of Rampage Jackson rapping like Ja-Rule if you weren’t puffing the magic dragon? That’s what we thought, you fried potatoes, you.

But in either case, Goodman makes a sound argument here. Being that Diaz has been diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed medical marijuana, and has admitted to stopping his marijuana use eight days out from a given fight, it seems kind of ridiculous that he has to keep jumping through hoops in order to compete, don’t you think?

To read Goodman’s full response to the NSAC, click here. To witness Diaz’s response to the NSAC, check out the video below.

So what do guys say? Does Goodman’s case hold any weight, or, since Diaz claims to be done with MMA, is this ultimately a pointless argument?

-J. Jones

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BelieveInThePowerOfOne- March 15, 2012 at 1:18 am
Welcome to America, home of the caged Free... HA! my captcha is Teneriffe PProom.
The Highest Primate- March 14, 2012 at 7:42 pm
How am I imposing? Im not forcing anyone to smoke it! If you dont want to thats YOUR CHOICE as an adult, just like if people want to its THEIR CHOICE! I just get so goddamn frustrated with people telling others what to do with their own body if they are not hurting anyone else or even themselves. I also wasnt telling you to fuck off Drano, my apologies.. and I agree, motivational speaker I am NOT, too much rage ;)
dranokills- March 14, 2012 at 6:58 am
"If you dont like it then fuck off and dont impose your bullshit on others who do.."
which is EXACTLY what you are doing.
I happen to agree with you about pot, but the way you put it...well let's just say I am damn glad you aren't the voice behind the drive. Motivational speaker you are NOT.
jact87- March 13, 2012 at 11:36 pm
well if ya did not know .....

THC Metabolism: THC in marijuana is broken down into at least 5 different compounds (metabolites) that are excreted in the urine. The metabolite commonly in the greatest abundance (accounting for ~30% of all the metabolites) is carboxy-THC (THCC). The parent drug (THC) does not pass into the urine. The presence of marijuana metabolites in urine is accepted evidence of marijuana use.
RwilsonR- March 13, 2012 at 9:15 pm
He cites WADA regulations, not NSAC regulations. Who cares what WADA says? If its the same for NSAC, then why not cite NSAC regs?
The Highest Primate- March 13, 2012 at 7:23 pm
No, we are here because some douche at the athletic commission wanted to throw some weight around and justify their job..
Fuck Diaz, he is a knobhead. But the outcome of this is bigger than him, metabolites should not be counted as the same as being high. If the outcome is that indeed they should not be counted at all, then it allows other fighters to utilize one of the greatest substances on this planet. The way it is at the moment, with not even metabolites allowed in your system the only option fighters have are pharma drugs or alchohol, and they are so much more dangerous than weed. weed can be a muscle relaxant, can aid recovery and is just fucking all around awesome. If you dont like it then fuck off and dont impose your bullshit on others who do.. As long as he's not high while fighting it should be a non issue. If one guy can have a drink in his offtime why the fuck cant another have a smoke?
dranokills- March 13, 2012 at 6:37 pm
"If there’s nothing in the rules prohibiting marijuana metabolites, why are we here?"
We are here cause Diaz is a pussy whining cunt quitter.
Any other dumb questions?
Buster Hyman- March 13, 2012 at 1:25 pm
tyson griffin is nick diaz' biggest fan now
BaghdadBob- March 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm
Prediction: The Commission will not overturn the suspension even if they personally buy this attorney's regulatory argument and even if they believe that they may be overruled if Diaz appeals to the trial court for de novo review. The reason? They don't want to be seen as being soft on drug use.
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If Diaz appeals, it will probably take at least six months to get a ruling from the trial court anyway.
IAMCagePotatoesREGRESSION- March 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm
You can spot people that have never smoked marijuana before a mile away with some of the dumb comments.

Here is my favorite comment regarding Diaz and his testing positive that I say on another forum "Wow, his level was 50 when it came back. He must have been ripped going to the ring."

50ng implies that you took one hit maybe a week prior and it came back with small traces. 1500ng is high and implies you smoke the day prior. THC can't even metabolize in you system in the span it would take to toke and then walk straight to the ring.
El Guapo- March 13, 2012 at 11:57 am
If everything Nick's lawyer is saying is true, his suspension's gonna get overturned. And if that's the case, he's gonna get paid. Which would be another incentive to stay away. Far, far away.
Fried Taco- March 13, 2012 at 11:28 am
So you're saying this premium bag of marijuana metabolites I just bought is worthless?!?
Morningwood- March 13, 2012 at 11:19 am
the lawyer is doing what a lawyer should. If the rules are based on exact named products and not intent of list. Then, he's probably in a good position to over turn any disciplinary actions. Now if Nick would never talk and only fight I could look forward to seeing him again and caring whether he gets back in or fights again.
noname- March 13, 2012 at 10:39 am
Really? Come on Nick this isn't a criminal trail. Just man up and accept your punishment and quit crying like a little stoner baby.
Alan K- March 13, 2012 at 10:28 am
Go technicality go!
Dog Dicks Magoo- March 13, 2012 at 9:27 am
Who cares? He says he's done fighting which he like all athletes will say until they run out of money. He's going to Farve it for awhile but then when his money runs out for munchies he will be back in the cage swinging like an autistic kid after a butterfly.
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