Cali to Allow Therapeutic Marijuana Use
Today, the California State Athletic Commission voted to approve an amendment allowing therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for fighters that are in need of the controversial testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) as well as medicinal marijuana for other reasons.
“People say that marijuana is going to hurt my career. On the contrary, my fight career is getting in the way of my marijuana smoking.”
— Nick Diaz, Strikeforce Welterweight Champion
The amendment still has not been approved, and could take some months or years to happen.
The state of Nevada has given a TUE to fighters in the past such as Dan Henderson when he fought Shogun at UFC 139; Henderson was determined to be in need of testosterone.
George Dodd, the CSAC executive officer has said that that particular case will be somewhat of a blueprint for California’s testing. The fighters would be required to check their testosterone levels multiple times prior to fights, and will need to provide extensive medical history in order to be approved for a TUE. Only after the amendment is passed by the Department of Consumer Affairs and the state’s Office of Administrative Law will it officially be passed.