Nick Diaz’s Attorney Makes Strong Argument Against Marijuana Suspension

Former Strikeforce welterweight champion, Nick Diaz’s lawyer, Ross Goodman, has filed a response with the NSAC challenging any disciplinary action as a result of his positive test for marijuana metabolites at UFC 143. Goodman is arguing that Diaz shouldn’t be suspended because marijuana metabolites isn’t actually on the NSAC’s prohibitive substance list.

Goodman, speaking via ESPN.com, said:

“Marijuana is the only substance that is prohibited; not marijuana metabolites. The basis to discipline Mr. Diaz is that he tested positive for a prohibited substance. We know he didn’t test positive for marijuana. So, you look to see at WADA whether marijuana metabolites are prohibited. They do not prohibit it in any category.”

“You have to test positive for marijuana, as opposed to this inactive ingredient Nick did. If there’s nothing in the rules prohibiting marijuana metabolites, why are we here? Why punish Nick, or anybody else for that matter, for a metabolite? We’re not talking about a cocaine metabolite. We’re not talking about something illegal. We’re talking about a metabolite that stays in your system for weeks or months.”

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