Nevada and Kansas Remove Marijuana as PED Moving to Impairment as Sole Concern

Today the Nevada Athletic Commission removed marijuana from its list of banned substances. Following the path blazed by other commissions which started with the precedent set by medical user and advocate Elias Theodorou in British Columbia, the commission is moving to an impairment test. If a fighter is impaired they cannot compete. Other than that trace marijuana in a fighter’s system on fight night is not considered a doping violation.

As reported by MMAFighting’s Damon MartinIn a unanimous vote by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Wednesday, marijuana was removed from the list of performance-enhancing drugs banned for athletes, and they will no longer face any discipline for a positive test.

As news of this development broke the Kansas Athletic Commission took to twitter to note that they have also changed their policies for marijuana presumably falling back on the impairment test and nothing else.

I have reached out to both Nevada and Kansas for details. I will update this article with the full policies once released.


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