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post #11 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-22-2013, 06:52 PM
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I think it matters when some of the fighters that get caught have a medical exemption to use it. You can use TRT with a doctors note, why should marijuana be different?
I have no problem if it is medical marijuana and I believe NSAC has already previously stated they would allow it. The problem with the Diaz case(which I am guessing you are referring to) is that Diaz was an idiot and he didn't make it known that he was taking medical marijuana. His case is no different then other fighters that have failed to disclose pain killers/steroids etc that they were taking for health reasons
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I have no problem if it is medical marijuana and I believe NSAC has already previously stated they would allow it. The problem with the Diaz case(which I am guessing you are referring to) is that Diaz was an idiot and he didn't make it known that he was taking medical marijuana. His case is no different then other fighters that have failed to disclose pain killers/steroids etc that they were taking for health reasons
You're right. I didn't realize they had to apply for medical exemptions. Apparently Diaz and Riddle are just a couple of morons.
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I too believe the suspensions should drastically reduced. I never understood getting a 6 month to a year suspension when guys who are on some next level roids pratically get the same suspensions.

Also as John mentioned, I too believe if someone has a medicinal card, and is up front with the commisions, I don't believe it should be an issue.

At the end of the day, it's ridiculous suspending someone for 6 month to a year for smoking up before an event in my opinion.


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At the end of the day, it's ridiculous suspending someone for 6 month to a year for smoking up before an event in my opinion.
Not that ridiculous, they know the rules and they are quite easy rules to follow. If they choose not to then something like this is fair. And anything less then 6 months would almost not be a form of punishment for most of these guys that only fight a couple times a year. Even a year suspension means most guys will only miss 2 maybe 3 fights.
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I'll probably draw heat here, but all illegal drugs should be tested for and should be banned substances. Even if you have a medical marijuana card in California or Nevada or elsewhere, marijuana posession is still illegal on a federal level. The same cannot be said for TRT. TRT is legal in the U.S. with a doctor's prescription. I'm not saying TRT is good for the sport or should be allowed in the sport, but comparing marijuana and TRT expemptions is apples and organges. Marijuana is federally illegal nationwide even if some states decriminalized it.

2 other quick reasons why pot shouldn't be allowed in the UFC
1: it's so easy to get out of your system by simply not smoking for the month leading up to the fight. if a fighter pisses dirty, theres no way to tell if he smoked 2 weeks before the fight, or right before the fight.

2: marijuana causes you to have a higher pain tolerance. if you're stoned you may be able to hold out those extra few seconds till the bell rings while caught in an armbar that you wouldnt've been able to otherwise. if you're going to allow weed because people have a prescription, why not allow someone to take a hand full of oxycontin and a few cc's of demerol with a prescription right before the fight? because it numbs the pain and gives one fighter an advantage.

I think pot should be legal in this country for everyone over 21, but I'm glad that fighters aren't allowed to piss dirty for weed after a fight.
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Marijuana harms people less than soft drink, it should not be illegal. The athletic commisions shouldn't even have a stance on it.







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if a fighter pisses dirty, theres no way to tell if he smoked 2 weeks before the fight, or right before the fight.
This is actually a major factor that most don't realize.
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how does it matter if they smoke before a fight? It slows reaction time, I highly doubt anyone would ever do that.... more than once
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Hell some posters on this forum think it is similar to PCP.
I am willing to bet that they have never had pcp.


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Exactly, why the hell should the NSAC allow fighters to get away with taking an illegal substance? Marijuana or cocaine it doesn't matter in this instance... Marijuana must cause stupidity for its users to not realize/accept this...
The real reason is why should they bother testing for it? The commissions are concerned with fairness and safety in sport. It's baffling to me that they would test for ANYTHING if it wasn't directly related to those two core conceps, they are not there to enforce federal law.

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