“There’s no reason that we should be tested for weed. It shouldn’t be involved at all.”
These were Ronda Rousey‘s words at a UFC press conference in Melbourne after Nick Diaz was handed a five-year suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for testing positive for marijuana. Alexis Silva, Diaz’s opponent in the UFC 183 match who tested positive for steroids, only received a one-year suspension.
For many observers, the stiff penalty for weed usage is unwarranted, considering that it does not affect performance like steroids.
“I’m sorry, but it’s so not right for him to be suspended five years for marijuana,” Rousey said. “I’m against testing for weed at all. It’s not a performance-enhancing drug. And it has nothing to do with competition. It’s only tested for political reasons.”
Rousey is not the only UFC-associated person enraged by the decision. UFC Analyst Joe Rogan also took to Twitter to air out his displeasure. “NSAC suspending Nick Diaz for 5 years for pot is an irresponsible abuse for power. It’s callous, idiotic, and sickening,” he tweeted. “Unless there’s scientific proof that marijuana is a performance-enhancing drug that gives an unfair advantage, it should not be restricted.”
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