Athletes fighting in Nevada will no longer be banned for using cannabis after the state athletic commission said it was not a performance enhancer.
Boxers and mixed martial artists competing in the state will still be tested for marijuana over the next six months, reports Forbes, as part of the ongoing head injury study, but there will be no punishment for athletes who consume this substance during or around training.
The UFC lifted the ban on cannabis use earlier in the year, but since Nevada is the regulatory state, a test still had to be taken before competition until the Athletic Commission made a decision. even. Likewise, boxers who fight in Las Vegas are affected by the decision.
NAC CEO Bob Bennett said on a conference call, as reported by USA today, “I think our goal is to test performance enhancing drugs to ensure a level playing field. The fact that it’s not a performance enhancing drug, I don’t think we should be testing it any longer. “
Although no test is now to be passed, athletes will still be banned from fighting if they are ‘impaired’ as they prepare to start their event – based on a visual test, in a similar position on alcohol impairment on which officials vote.
MMA fighters have long campaigned for the lifting of the cannabis ban, with many speaking openly about their use of the substance during bouts of intense training and preparation for combat.
Legalized marijuana has been on sale in the state since 2017.