Nick Diaz’s attorney has formally requested a court review of the suspension imposed on the fighter when he was found to have marijuana metabolites in his system after his fight with Carlos Condit at UFC 143 on Feb. 4, 2012. The Nevada Athletic Commission banned Diaz from competition for a period of one year from the date of that fight and fined him nearly $80,000 for the results.
Ross Goodman, the attorney representing Diaz, filed a motion with a court in Las Vegas requesting a review of the Nevada Athletic Commission’s actions. The motion states that Diaz’s goal is to have the ruling overturned so that he can return to competition as soon as possible, preferably before the end of 2012. The attorney general’s office can take up to 30 days to respond to the motion.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Goodman states, “The (NAC) prohibits the use of marijuana before or during competition to protect fighters – to prevent them from fighting while impaired. However, Diaz’s sample showed no active THC in his system but only inactive metabolites related to his much earlier medical marijuana treatment. Inactive marijuana metabolites are not a prohibited substance under the (NAC’s) rules. The (NAC) has no basis in its rules for disciplining a fighter for legal use of medical marijuana outside competition. In doing so, the (NAC) acted unlawfully.”
Diaz has a legal California prescription for medical marijuana. Although he did not disclose this prescription or the ADHD for which it is prescribed on his prefight questionnaire, Goodman says his client was unaware that he should have done so.