Ronda Rousey Takes Stand Against Drug Testing For Marijuana

NEVADA: Ronda Rousey is standing up to the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) after they decided on Monday to suspend UFC fighter Nick Diaz for five years for a positive marijuana test.

I’m sorry, but it’s so not right for him to be suspended five years for marijuana,” Rousey said on Wednesday at a UFC press conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Diaz’s suspension is a result of him testing positive for marijuana for a third time. Lots of people think the suspension is ridiculous. But Rousey, a close friend of Diaz’s, took it one step further on Wednesday, saying she doesn’t think marijuana use should be penalized at all.

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UFC Champ Ronda Rousey Says Marijuana Testing Is ‘invasion Of Privacy’

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is firmly against marijuana testing in MMA.

Rousey is not outraged by any negative press in the wake of Jessica Eye becoming the first female UFC fighter to test positive for a banned substance. Rather, she feels the situation has brought to light an issue with drug testing in the sport.

Penalties for testing positive for marijuana vary among different sanctioning bodies that oversee the sport. But regardless of if the punishments are lenient or hefty, Rousey says this specific substance is irrelevant to competition and therefore shouldn’t be considered when drug testing takes place. [Read more…]