The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) will not discipline fighters for marijuana use

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LAS VEGAS — The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) voted on Wednesday to no longer discipline fighters for cannabis. NSAC, which regulates some of the most high-profile boxing and MMA fights in the world, the new policy begins Wednesday and is not retroactive to cases that have yet to be adjudicated.

“We should always be at the forefront of these issues,” NSAC chairman Stephen J. Cloobeck said. “I believe it’s warranted and merited since it is legal in this state.… I think we need to jump forward, being the leader as we’ve always been.”

The commission was given the leeway to make this decision to not discipline for marijuana via a memo from Nevada senior deputy attorney general Edward Magaw, who was present at the meeting. Magaw said that the vote will represent a change in the policy immediately that would later be reflected in the commission’s written regulations.

Two UFC fighters were suspended by the NSAC on Wednesday due to positive tests for cannabis Gillian Robertson was suspended for 4.5 months and fined $2,000 and Misha Cirkunov was suspended six months and fined $4,000. Robertson is eligible to return on Aug. 10 and Cirkunov can come back on Sept. 13. These were due to positive tests for cannabis-related to their March fights in Las Vegas.

The UFC under its anti-doping program with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) essentially removed discipline for marijuana back in January. States like California and New York still test fighters for marijuana, but have minimal penalties for positive tests.

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