Nick Diaz hasn’t even been given a date to appear in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission to appeal his allegedly positive marijuana test from UFC 143 yet and already his case has turned into a fight.
Having hired famed Las Vegas attorney Ross Goodman, Diaz will be challenging the test results, as he only registered positive for marijuana metabolites as opposed to marijuana’s active chemical component Delta-9-tetrahydracannabinol and did not technically violate any WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) regulations.
After Diaz’s camp announced their defense, the Nevada Attorney General’s office released a statement when pressed for comment in which they stuck to the original claim that marijuana metabolites still violate WADA laws and also asserted that Diaz “lied to the Commission on his Pre-Fight Questionnaire when he swore that he had not used any prescribed medications in two weeks before the fight.”
That last part is what prompted response from Goodman, who told Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole that Diaz did not lie on the application, but answered in accordance to the Nevada law on medicinal marijuana, of which he supplied a copy. By Nevada law, marijuana is not considered a prescription drug since it is still a controlled substance.
“Nowhere in there does it say that the attending physician is prescribing marijuana,” Goodman said. “And so, for obvious reasons, before you speak and call someone a liar, you think you’d do a little bit of due diligence and understand what the Nevada law actually says.
“It’s not like you walk into the pharmacy and start looking around on the shelves and hope to pick up a bag of marijuana,” he continued. “That’s ridiculous. No reasonable person would believe that medical marijuana falls under the category of over the counter medications.”
Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites after losing a controversial unanimous decision to Carlos Condit at UFC 143 in an interim welterweight title fight. UFC 143 went down on February 4 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.