First Official Steps Against Nick Diaz Taken By NSAC | Temporary Suspension Issued
A meeting held today in the State of Nevada by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) started the process in determining the licensing fate of UFC welterweight fighter Nick Diaz.
During the hearing the NSAC confirmed what we already knew and that is that they are officially taking action against Diaz for failing his UFC 143 drug test and testing positive for marijuana use.
The meeting today was just a formality that marks the first step in the longer process in suspending Diaz for his infraction. It is widely accepted that Diaz will receive a 12 month suspension, unless his team can string together a successful defense that includes his legal right to use medical marijuana as prescribed by his doctor under California Prop: 215 and SB 420.
MMAFighting.com had a Representative their live and here is a clip from their report:
“During Wednesday’s meeting, commission chairman Skip Avansino requested notes and minutes from the 2007 Nevada matter, as well as any related disciplinary information from other states in preparation of Diaz’s upcoming hearing.
The stage was also set for a possible defense that could include a retroactive request for a medical marijuana exemption, as Eccles noted a belief that “the question will come up” given Diaz’s personal license for medical use in California.”
NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer has stated that the usual punishment for first time marijuana offenders is a six-month suspension and fine and the standard punishment for second time offenders is an additional six-month suspension coupled with a fine.
This is Nick’s second offense in the State of Nevada and out of his last three-fights in the state of Nevada he has failed for marijuana twice.
The date for Nick’s formal disciplinary hearing has yet to be set.