The Nevada State Athletic Commission has relaxed the numbers on marijuana limits that a fighter can have in their pre- or post-fight drug testing samples.
Recently the World Anti-Doping Agency made the decision to raise its limits on marijuana levels in urine samples from 50 ng/mL to 150 ng/mL.
NSAC has now followed suit, as first reported by Middle Easy.
“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,” writes site editor Zeus.
“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 industry.”
NSAC’s action has been on the cards for some time. There has been impassioned debate about marijuana use among professional fighters, who tend to prefer marijuana to alcohol because of the weigh-gaining effects of beer consumption.
In April we witnessed the frankly tragic situation of Pat Healy testing positive at the 50ng/mL level and being forced to forfeit the two bonuses he won for his fight with Jim Miller.
That cost him $130,000, a shocking sum when one considers marijuana is not a performance enhancing substance and Healy had consumed it weeks before the fight.
The UFC’s own executive responsible for regulatory affairs, Marc Ratner, has also previously commented on the wider acceptability of marijuana use in the modern day.
“States are legalizing marijuana and it's becoming more and more of a problem with fighters testing positive and the metabolites,” he said earlier this year.
“Right now I just cannot believe that a performance enhancing drug and marijuana can be treated the same. It just doesn't make sense to the world anymore and it's something that has to be brought up.”