The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) will finally look to remove marijuana from banned substance list Friday.
A lot of people have long thought that the inclusion of marijuana on the NSAC banned substance list was a mistake. Marijuana is decriminalized for the most part in American society and it has become legal medicinally in over half the US States. It has become legal for recreational use in ten states as well. Nevada legalized Marijuana in the last election and that seems to be spurring on this possible change within the NSAC. Here’s the verbiage taken from the NSAC upcoming agenda form for Friday’s meeting.
Discussion regarding whether to direct the Executive Director to initiate a regulation project under Nevada Revised
Statutes (NRS) capter 233B to possibly amend Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) Chapter 467 to include the following potential changes: 1) The possible exclusion of cannabinoids from the list of Prohibited Substances and Methods pursuant to passage of Nevada Ballot Initiative Question 2 (2016) ;
2) Incorporation by reference of the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts;
3) Any other changes to NAC 467 as deemed appropriate and necessary by the Commission, for possible action.
The NSAC has shown it’s teeth more than once when it comes to cannabis. The NSAC fined professional boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. $900,000 and a nine month suspension, but later dropped the fine by $800,000.00. However, Nick Diaz received a five year suspension that was later reduced to 18 months. The five year suspension came under heavy scrutiny when it was levied. Diaz recently finds himself able to compete again.
Whether you are a supporter of marijuana use or not, it will be interesting to see how the Commission handles the marijuana issue this Friday.