Good news Nick Diaz, the NSAC officially raised the testing threshold of marijuana by 300%

Good news Nick Diaz, the NSAC officially raised the testing threshold of marijuana by 300%

If the MMA media was asked to undergo random drug testing and face suspension upon positive test results, we’d never bother getting out of bed in the first place. Our mornings would consist of locating the nearest open bag Cheetos and digging through it for breakfast. Our afternoons would be spent contemplating if the Frito-Lay corporation intended for our fingers to get saturated with flavor powder from the Cheetos just so it stains our fingers orange for the rest of the day and makes us want to return to snacking until we wash our hands. Even our evenings would be spent playing video games until we pass out or get evicted from our domiciles. In the meantime, none of us would write articles, conduct interviews, or update our websites and the world of combat sports news would reside in the hands of fans discussing it on twitter. In other words, nothing would change.

The truth of the matter is: Marijuana is not a performance enhancing drug.

A couple of weeks ago I even talked to Keith Kizer, the head of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) about marijuana and MMA. We went on for over a half hour, and at the end of the conversation my animosity towards him dissipated. In a couple of months you can read all of what we talked about in an extensive and exclusive feature for High Times magazine. It's going to be worth it, trust me. Even Chael Sonnen had something to say about marijuana and the sport we all love.

This morning I received an email from Keith Kizer letting me know that as of yesterday, the NSAC has officially raised the testing threshold of marijuana metabolites from 50 ng/mL to 150 ng/mL. That represents a 300% increase, which means you can have 3x more marijuana metabolites in your system before it's a positive test. something unprecedented in the the industry. From our previous conversation we had a couple weeks ago, Kizer told me to expect this to happen sometime this month, and it seems to be in direct response to the public's outcry of the nonsensical demonization of marijuana in MMA. Now that the threshold has been raised, fighters could literally smoke marijuana roughly up until a week before their fight -- although it's best to stay off the green, leafy stuff at least two weeks prior to a 150 ng/ML test just to err on the side of caution.

Now Nick Diaz, stop spinning those nunchucks and come back to MMA. It's safe now. The sport needs you.

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+15 # GP3rd 2013-09-05 14:08
It's about time.
-13 # ADoseofBuckley 2013-09-05 14:13
Hold on, let me save you guys in the comments section some time:

"It's still fuckin' bullshit, you should be able to burn a blunt during your fucking walkup!"

There you go, just copy/paste, remove the quotes, and you don't have to type it yourselves!
+10 # BurntToast 2013-09-05 14:13
I was sure Nick's latest 10 second video uploaded to youtube was going to be tagged onto this article.

Seriously though, give me that Diaz/Lawler rematch
+2 # Chiggs 2013-09-06 14:02
Lawler/Diaz rematch? Fuck that, Nick annihilated him the 1st time around..even with his progress Robbie's got fuck all for Diaz.
The rematch we Should be getting is the Condit/Diaz foray!! Maybe just me on that one though lol..considerin g so many think Carlos ran, they need to redo it imo
+10 # Fatty_Sam86 2013-09-05 14:20
Hell yeah. I'ma celebrate by lighting up a big ass blunt.

Lol just kidding, I don't smoke. But you all should. Or don't. It's like... whatever.
-13 # uhhhhhhh 2013-09-05 14:21
marrywanna is for the gays! how unchristian of them....ban mma before its too late!!!!!
+3 # Michael1994 2013-09-06 14:30
I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior and I was born again, I take my faith very seriously. But I believe that every plant God made has a purpose, and in the case of marijuana the purpose is medicine. Marijuana is not gay or un-christian and don't you ever speak of God's plants like that.
+27 # MixedMonkeyArts 2013-09-05 14:27
The larger question remains: is the new threshold...

...high enough for Diaz?
+8 # Kalash 2013-09-05 15:00
Candidate for the comment of the year right here.
+5 # Kalash 2013-09-05 15:03
My question is, what was Nick's result after Condit fight? "300% increase in allowed marijuana metabolite" sounds great, but for all I know those initial 50ng/mL was ridiculously low already and if you smoke 2 weeks before the test your score would be around 1000ng/mL (pure speculation), so this increases would change nothing.

So again - what was Nick's result after that failed test?
+5 # TDM 2013-09-05 15:47
The article says that 150ng/mL allows you to smoke up to a week or two out of the fight safely. I'd definitely want some more specific stats or that though, you're right. This increase in limit might not mean much if a smoker is still gonna fail the test.
+5 # Keith 2013-09-05 17:00
"at the end of the conversation my animosity towards him dissipated"

What?! :o
+7 # zeus 2013-09-05 18:36
Quoting Keith:
"at the end of the conversation my animosity towards him dissipated"

What?! :o

Sorry Keith, you're actually a really good guy. Thanks for reading the site for all these years too.

You just were responsible for nullifying the greatest fight in MMA history, Diaz's win over Gomi in Pride.

I mean, that rubs everyone the wrong way.

Thanks for the convo bud, we'll talk soon!
0 # ironman3 2013-09-05 18:55
duuuuuude :lol:
0 # banger 2013-09-05 22:59
good article. not gonna make difference at that limit.
+5 # ccannon 2013-09-05 23:04
lets do some math... 50 +50 = 100. 100 +50 = 150. Accordingly, it's a 200% increase, not 300%.
0 # DENV3RtheDESTROY3R 2013-09-06 06:43
Now if only they would fix the TRT mess...
+1 # Chiggs 2013-09-06 14:00
Bout time...420 time!!! Wonder if this will even be enough to draw him back. He's said numerous times now, unless he gets a BIG Name fight, he prolly ain't coming back anytime soon :/
-1 # Satisch Jha 2013-09-06 18:21
Why is it so difficult for you guys to tell a halfway decent joke? The humor... Please fucking stop. You're not Seanbaby.
+1 # Autumn 2013-09-07 15:57
The last two sentences are truer than any sentences in the bible.

Come back to MMA, Nick Diaz. It's boring as all get out without your presence.

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