Some of us dream of a world in which people can enjoy both medical and recreational marijuana without the paranoid fear of jail time. Well, you'll probably still be paranoid, but only because of a THC-induced existential crisis. Some fighters, on the other hand, just want to be able to use it in order to heal from their wounds and make their fiery, hot joints (not the kind you smoke) feel all tingly.
The good news is, things may be looking up for everyone on the smokey front. The Nevada State Athletic Commission will discuss on Friday if they will no longer consider pot a banned substance. Frankly, I think it is high time in more ways than one. You know #NickDiaz sure will toke to that, especially after his war with them. His entire career has been stained due to his use of cannabis.
Marijuana has been used openly by Jon Fitch, Joe Warren, Jon Jones, and Dan Hardy among many others. Use of this magic plant almost kept Diaz out of the sport forever and drove former UFC fighter Matt Riddle to professional wrestling. While USADA will still harsh anyone's buzz who tests positive in-competition, if this passes it will at least be a step in the right direction.
"It is what it is. I've failed two drug tests in seven months. There's not much I can do. I was prescribed my medicine and I'm going to take it. I got fired over taking my medicine because I don't want to take pharmaceutical drugs or testosterone. This is what works for me, it's just sh-tty, but it is what it is." — Matt Riddle told BJPenn.com after he was cut from the UFC.