Nick Diaz’s attorney has issued a written response to the Nevada State Athletic Commission in regard to the disciplinary complaint filed by the NSAC after Diaz’s headlining Feb. 4 contest with Carlos Condit at UFC 143 in Las Vegas.

Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites in a post-fight urine test, and a complaint was filed by NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer, resulting in a temporary suspension for the fighter pending a disciplinary hearing. In response, Diaz’s counsel, Ross C. Goodman of Goodman Law Group in Las Vegas, issued a letter on Diaz’s behalf on March 7, contending that the fighter should not be subjected to discipline as a result of the test.

Sherdog.com obtained a copy of the response on Tuesday afternoon. In the six-page document, Goodman makes a series of assertions, first among them being that marijuana metabolite [THC-carboxylic acid that was flagged in Diaz’s test] is not described by the NSAC as prohibited for legal users of marijuana. Diaz is a legally recognized medical marijuana patient in California, having been prescribed the drug to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. As such, Goodman contends that the presence of the carboxylic acid in Diaz’s urine sample “cannot serve as a basis for discipline.”

Second, Goodman submits that the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) does not ban out-of-competition marijuana use, nor does it recognize marijuana metabolite as a prohibited substance due to the long detection period associated with marijuana consumption. As the NSAC has adopted the WADA International Standard, Goodman argues, Diaz’s out-of-competition marijuana use should not result in a penalty.

Attached to the letter, Diaz submitted a sworn affidavit detailing his use of marijuana, asserting that he ceases use of the prescribed drug eight days prior to his fights, as he did before his showdown with Condit. Goodman makes use of that affidavit -- as well as an affidavit from organic chemistry expert John Hiatt, Ph.D. -- to argue that Diaz’s positive urine test for the inactive metabolite was due to his aforementioned medicinal use of marijuana and does not constitute a violation.

A former Strikeforce welterweight champion, Diaz fell to Condit via contentious unanimous decision at UFC 143, publicly announcing his retirement and disdain for the judges’ verdict after the bout. This instance marks the second time that Diaz has been flagged by the NSAC, as he was suspended for six months and fined after testing positive for marijuana following a 2007 bout with Takanori Gomi. Diaz’s disciplinary hearing is expected to take place in the coming months, though no date has been set by the commission as of yet.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC Issues Statement Addressing Controversial Travel Ban Executive Order | MMAWeekly.com

  • 18 days ago
  • 204 views

The UFC issued a statement addressing U.S. President Trump's recent executive order instituting a travel ban. read news >>

UFC Champ Amanda Nunes Issues Apology to Ronda Rousey | MMAWeekly.com

  • 18 days ago
  • 153 views

UFC women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes on Tuesday issued an apology to former champ Ronda Rousey. read news >>

Nick Diaz Turned Down Rematch with Robbie Lawler | MMAWeekly.com

  • 17 days ago
  • 47 views

UFC president Dana White offered Nick Diaz a fight against former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and Diaz turned down the fight. read news >>

Demian Maia Issues Statement on Waiting for UFC Title Shot | MMAWeekly.com

  • 16 days ago
  • 109 views

Demian Maia believes he is next in line for a UFC welterweight title shot and is willing to wait for it. read news >>

UFC boss Dana White says Nate Diaz has fight offer – and Nick Diaz turned down a pair

  • 15 days ago
  • 58 views

HOUSTON – UFC President Dana White says he’s offered Nate Diaz a fight. Against whom, exactly, is anyone’s guess.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

The UFC Is Missing the Point in Trying to Book Nick Diaz

  • 13 days ago
  • 200 views

People love Nick Diaz. Sure, there might be a few detractors here and there, but that is largely a measurable objective fact. If you don't think so, consider that he's an athlete who has not been suc read news >>

Alex Volkanovski says he's off Sunday's UFC Fight Night 105 card in Halifax due to opponent issues

  • 6 days ago
  • 3 views

It’s only been 10 days since UFC officials announced Alex Volkanovski would be part of Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 105 card in Canada. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Happy Valentine's Day, Conor McGregor: NSAC to rehear water-bottle incident

  • 4 days ago
  • 3 views

There’s some love in the air between Conor McGregor and the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Ex-UFC champ Rafael dos Anjos considering Robbie Lawler, Nick Diaz for first welterweight fight

  • 2 days ago
  • 8 views

Rafael dos Anjos believes he’s earned the right to jump right into UFC title contention in the welterweight division.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Anderson Silva's Open Letter to the Haters: 'I'm the best in the world!' | MMAWeekly.com

  • 2 days ago
  • 12 views

Apparently fed up with his critics, Anderson Silva issued an open letter to the haters. read news >>