As the debate continues as to whether the punishments being handed to fighters for positive marijuana tests are far too harsh (Pat Healy lost out on over 100 large), the UFC has moved forward in reforming its testing policies.
According to a report from MMA Junkie, UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner has announced that the promotion has raised the amount of marijuana metabolites which will trigger disciplinary action.The threshold has reportedly been raised from 50 ng/mL to 150 ng/mL, which is a limit the World Anti-Doping Agency believes is suitable.
WADA views this threshold as one that is more consistent with policing a fighter who uses marijuana during competition, rather than several weeks prior to fighting, which is a different issue (argument) altogether.
The UFC continues to conduct it’s own testing in various international jurisdictions, and as a result it can enact these types of changes without having to consult an athletic commission. Ratner apparently informed the Nevada State Athletic Commission of its new policy today, and also relayed that the Brazilian Commission has also agreed to raise its threshold for marijuana metabolites. The new limit will be in place for the UFC on FUEL TV 10, which takes place in Brazil on June 8th.
The report furthered that some NSAC members appeared to side with the UFC’s decision, although no formal recommendation to raise that state’s threshold for marijuana has been tabled.
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