UFC executive, Marc Ratner just attended the Nevada State Athletic Commission's Steroid and Drug Testing Advisory Panel on Thursday, and while they were there to obviously discuss drugs, Ratner went into a spiel about how he thinks marijuana should be treated different from performance-enhancing drugs.
After asking the commission how they administer fighters who test positive for weed, the exec said:
"Society is changing. It's a different world now than when I was on the commission. States are legalizing marijuana, and it's becoming more and more of a problem with fighters testing positive (for marijuana) and the metabolites.
Right now, I just cannot believe that a performance-enhancing drug and marijuana can be treated the same. It just doesn't make sense to the world anymore, and it's something that I think has to be brought up.
I remember when President (Bill) Clinton was president. Someone asked him if marijuana should be legal, and he said, 'Absolutely not. If it was, my brother would be dead.' That's not been that long ago, and look how fast society has changed on that.
Although when you're an old man like me, you don't like society to change as fast as it should, the bottom line is if you're a smart old man, which I hope I am, you realize society is changing, and you better get your mindset around that. … The bottom line is, I think that that's a big issue. It's an [issue] that we need to have our mind set on."
After Marc let everyone know how he felt about the point in question, NSAC Steroid and Drug Testing Advisory Panel member Dr. James Nave seemed to agree with him, and even recommended that they schedule a future meeting to talk about the issue.
The board members will meet again in the next 30 days, but there's no promise that ganja will be brought up.
Guess we're just gonna have to wait to see what happens!
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