Is the Nevada Athletic Commission About to End Its Cannabis Ban? | Leafly
Thursday, Jan 12, 2017

On Friday, the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) will consider removing cannabis from its banned substance list, though the decision will not be final after the conclusion of the meeting Friday. Cannabis and its metabolites, over a threshold of 150 ng/ml, are currently prohibited under NAC rules in competition.

If the Nevada commission were to remove the cannabis ban, use of the substance could still remain problematic, even in the state. Cannabis is banned in competition by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which tests UFC fighters in competition, follows the WADA code.

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So even if Nevada Athletic Commission decides to remove cannabis from its banned substance list, UFC fighters could still be sanctioned for consuming cannabis in competition. “In competition” is defined by WADA as a period that starts six hours before a scheduled fight time and ends six hours after the end of the fight.

An NAC move to end its cannabis ban could possibly start a domino effect by anti-doping agencies. In recent years, WADA has relaxed its stance on cannabis, changing the threshold level in 2013 from 5 nanograms per milliliter (a common per se limit used in some state impaired-driving laws) to 150 ng/ml.

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