NSAC Head Says New Marijuana Thresholds May Bring Better Disclosure
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 09.11.2013
The fines for violators will remain...
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer recently spoke with MMAjunkie about thew NSAC tripling the amount of allowable marijuana metabolites on drug tests from 50 ng/mL to 150 ng/mL. Check out the highlights:
On the huge fines Nick Diaz and Julio Ceasar Chavez, Jr. received from not disclosing their use: "I think anyone should know from Chavez and Diaz, you better do that. I don't know why they wouldn't."
On raising the limit: "The scientific part was, we're going to play it safe. If some of the people get caught, they may not have abused for two weeks. But we want to make sure that the other people that marijuana gets out of their system more quickly, that they don't get away with smoking within days of the competition."
On pot being prohibited in-competition: "The drugs of abuse, there's always a cutoff, because they're not banned out-of-competition. They're banned in-competition, and that doesn't mean, 'As long as you're not smoking during the competitions.' If you look at the detection window for opiates, cocaine, methamphetamine, the window of detection is anywhere from a couple of days to a half a week, but for marijuana, it was like 15 days. The question is, why is that so high? I think part of it was political; the same reason why marijuana is a Schedule I drug."
On the new cutoff being more political than practical: "(The WADA doctor said) 150, more often than not, will be more in line than 50 will. There might be someone who's an outlier, who just smoked a bunch of weed but is only at 100, but they're few and far between."