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Thursday, 04/19/2012, 08:24 am

Diaz Hearing Shelved Until Commission Sees Medical-Marijuana Card

By Mark Carrillo:

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has put the Nick Diaz disciplinary hearing regarding his suspension for testing positive for marijuana metabolites on hold, at least until the fighter presents to the commission his medical-marijuana card.

Diaz had tested positive after his fight with interim champ Carlos Condit at UFC 143.

The NSAC then suspended Diaz “indefinitely” pending a hearing that would decide the fighter’s fate. Diaz lawyer Ross Goodman recently sent a letter to the NSAC claiming they had only 45 days following the suspension to make a ruling.

If a ruling was not made within the 45 day time limit, the suspension would be considered void. The last chance for the hearing to happen would be April 24 if it is to happen within the 45 days. Goodman also believes the NSAC has no legal right to suspend Diaz for testing positive for marijuana, because he did not break any rules by using marijuana outside of competition.

Diaz is allowed by California law to use marijuana for medicinal purposes, but still has yet to show his medical-marijuana card to the NSAC.

Christopher Eccles, the Nevada deputy attorney, responded to Goodman’s letter by claiming Diaz failed to show for the first hearing that addressed the fighter’s suspension, and had not presented his medical-marijuana card to them even though an agreement had already been made for Diaz to do so.

Eccles also reported that Goodman’s claim of only having 45 days to decide whether or not to punish Diaz is only for special cases that “require emergency action”; and that the NSAC has been waiting “for more than a month” for Diaz to bring forward his medical-marijuana card.

Diaz is currently preparing for a jiu-jitsu super fight with Braulio Estima in May, and has stated recently that he would stay retired from fighting. So it seems we will have to wait just a little longer to find out what will happen to Diaz.

However, the much publicized hearing with UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem, to discuss high testosterone levels found in his system after a random drug test is scheduled to take place with the NSAC on April 24.


16 Responses to “Diaz Hearing Shelved Until Commission Sees Medical-Marijuana Card”

  1. slacker says:

    Ha! Nice try Goodman. As if you are going to bully the lawmakers. Get real.

  2. A.James says:

    If he doesn’t want to fight any more why are the court proceedings relevant? I’m lost. Some one explain this please.

  3. Mike c says:

    Cause he wants attention… One of my favs but even I can tell who’s pulling publicity stunts in the ufc. Not that publicity is a bad thing

  4. J boogie says:

    Did you really just say because he wants attention??! Ha Diaz is the last in the UFC that wants attention idiot, they have a hard enough time gettin him to show up to public events.

  5. rattlecanran says:

    Dana white is at fault for all of this. Worst owner ever. Shitty promoter and total sell out. In the last year ufc has had some fucked up judging and even worse match ups that dont make sense. Diaz is a fucking stoner…so whaatttt the guy takes bong rips while on the phone with white…..white shouldnt test him if he knows hes dirty…?????? I dont think its about weed. Its a power trip. Fuck nevada for the record. Maybe if the law makers would relax and burn a bowl with diaz they could see clearly that pot is harmless. Go fuck with roidereem instead


  7. says:

    this is bullsjit…by the time he gets his time handed ddown to him he will have already been waiting 6 months to get the result….he should have just pled guilty and his fukin punishment would already be half over.

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