He was placed under temporary suspension when a post-fight drug test revealed the presence of marijuana metabolites in his system.
Diaz’s camp has attacked the merits of the NSAC’s case from the beginning, suggesting that the marijuana metabolites that prompted his failed test aren’t banned by the commission.
In a pair of responses to Diaz’s positive test, Goodman argued that the commission had no legal basis to suspend Diaz for marijuana metabolites and stated Diaz had not violated statutes when he used the drug outside of competition. In the first response, the lawyer included an affidavit from Diaz that acknowledged he was a medical-marijuana patient in California and had ceased using the drug eight days prior to the fight.
So the crux of the argument here, if I understand it correctly, is that marijuana use several days out from a fight should be permissable provided the fighter has a medical marijuana prescription. A fighter coming into the cage high is obviously a no-no and I don’t hear anyone arguing anything different on that point.
I don’t know enough about testing for marijuana but can they tell the difference? If so, I say let the guy smoke all he wants as long as there is a cut-off period (let’s say 7 days to be fair).