A few months ago, the World Anti Doping Association announced that they would be raising the threshold for positive marijuana tests from 50 ng/mL to 150 ng/mL. The news swept through the MMA community as some higher profile fighters have been sidelined and fined for positive marijuana tests, and fans and media started asking questions about changing it. One of those people who criticised the current policies of the Nevada State Athletic Commission on marijuana was UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner. Ratner is a former NSAC executive himself and it seems as though they have heard his plea. The NSAC has taken action. The NSAC has announced they will be using the same levels that are now used by WADA. Which means fighters smoking pot three weeks out from a fight will likely mean they won’t be suspended, lose money or lose their license.
This morning I received an email from 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. 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 the industry. From our previous conversation we had a couple weeks ago, Kizer told me to expect this to happen sometime this month, and it seems to be in direct response to the public’s outcry of the nonsensical demonization of marijuana in MMA. Now that the threshold has been raised, fighters could literally smoke marijuana roughly up until a week before their fight — although it’s best to stay off the green, leafy stuff at least two weeks prior to a 150 ng/ML test just to err on the side of caution.
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