Nick Diaz “Temporarily Suspended” by Nevada Boxing Comission – Medical Marijuana?
For the second time in his illustrious career as a fighter, Nick Diaz has been suspended for testing positive for marijuana.
The first time was following his fight with legendary Japanese martial artist Takanori Gomi at Pride 33 in 2007. Nick received a six month suspension and fined His of his fight purse. Ouch! His win over Gomi also was overturned and ruled a no contest. Double Ouch.
But times they are a changing.
The current “temporary suspension” for Nick Diaz issued by the Nevada Deputy Attorney General and state boxing commission is pending a follow up disciplinary meeting where Nick Diaz will be able to defend his usage of marijuana. And, the case for Nick Diaz is unique because he is prescribed marijuana by a California state approved doctor to help him with his ADHD. If Nick requests the exception for medicinal marijuana, the case would set a new precedent by being the first time that a fighter requested legal marijuana exemption.
Nick could go big and also point out that now is a great time for the commission to consider issuing a reversal of the “No Contest” that he got smacked with after the bout with Gomi.
Nick Diaz has a lot riding on the line with this temporary suspension. Up to a 1 year suspension from fighting, a considerable financial penalty on his fight purse and bonuses from UFC 143, and in the now he’s a top contender for the UFC Welterweight Belt.
What do you think? Should Nick get the OK to get back in the cage and fight with a medical marijuana clearance?