The Nevada State Athletic Commission has decided to ease up on organized sports’ most frequently contested banned substance, marijuana. The commission will be raising the marijuana limit that a fighter can have in their drug testing sample by 300%, marking a significant change in policy for the organization.
The NSAC will be following on the heels of the World Anti-Doping Agency, who recently raised their limits on marijuana levels from 50 ng/mL to 150 ng/mL. The commission’s decision was confirmed by Middle Easy.
“This morning I received an email from [NSAC director] Keith Kizer letting me know that as of yesterday, the NSAC has officially raised the testing threshold of marijuana metabolites from 50 ng/mL to 150 ng/mL,” wrote Middle Easy’s Zeus.
“That represents a 300% increase, which means you can have 3x more marijuana metabolites in your system before it’s a positive test. something unprecedented in the industry.”
The presence of marijuana on the banned substance list has been the subject of frequent controversy. Just a few months ago, Pat Healy tested positive for the drug, and was subsequently forced to forfeit $130,000 in bonuses.
Most athletes would agree that marijuana is not a performance enhancing drug, but its general illegality has made it very difficult for its proponents to defend it. This recent turnaround by the NSAC and WADA can be considered a huge step in terms of the acceptance of marijuana use by professional athletics.