Top UFC Fighter Suspended For Marijuana
The Nevada State Athletic Commission voted today to formalize a temporary suspension issued to Nick Diaz following his positive drug test for marijuana. A formal disciplinary hearing is now expected at a date to be determined.
NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer initially filed a complaint with the Nevada Attorney General’s Office asking to temporarily suspend Diaz’s fight license pending a formal hearing, and that was granted today. Also, NSAC commissioners requested that Diaz’s full license application and purse information be made available during the formal hearing.
Diaz broke Rule 467.850 of the commission’s administrative code, this rule bars the use of banned substances, including performance-enhancing drugs and drugs of abuse such as marijuana. He also failed a post-fight drug test following PRIDE 33 in 2007 due to marijuana, and the NSAC fined him 20 percent of his purse and suspended him six months.
Kizer stated that the commission could levy fines or suspend him, as well as revoke or place conditions on the license. He also stated the following…
“In the past, the norm for a positive test for marijuana is six months, but we have had two repeat offenders, and they both got a 12-month suspension. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s what will happen here.”