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Nick Diaz response to NSAC

Nick Diaz response to NSAC

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INTHEMATTEROF:)RESPONSETOCOMPLAINTFOR)DISCIPLINARYACTIONBASEDONTHE)DETECTIONOFCARBOXYLICACID)(ANON-PROHIBITEDSUBSTANCE)NICKDIAZ
COMESNOW,RespondentNICKDIAZ,byandthroughitsattorneyofrecord,ROSSC.GOODMAN,ESQ.,oftheGoodmanLawGroup,
p.e.,
andsubmitsthisResponseandMemorandumofPointsandAuthoritiesforconsiderationbeforetheNevadaStateAthleticCommission("NSAC").
MEMORANDUMOFPOINTSANDAUTHORITIES
I.
INTRODUCTION
NickDiaz
("Oi02")
isanauthorizedmedicalmarijuanapatient.Assuch,hedidnottestpositiveformarijuana(whichisviewedasaprohibitedsubstance
if
usedwithoutamedicalmarijuanalicense).Rather,Mr.Diaztestedforthepresenceofthe
inactive
metaboliteofmarijuanaknownasTHC-CarboxylicAcid("CarboxylicAcid"),UnderNevadalawancIinMr.Diaz'shomestateofCalifornia,however,neithermarijuananormarijuanametaboliteis
 
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consideredaprohibitedsubstanceforusersofmedicalmarijuana,Inaddition,theWorldAnti-DopingAgency("WADA")onlyprohibitsmarijuana"in-competition"butnot"out-of-competition,"
In
preparationofthefightatissue,
Mr.Diaz
followedhisgeneralpracticeofstoppingtheuseofmedicalmarijuanaeight
(8)
daysbeforeafight,
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WADA'sview,marijuanaconsumption"out-of-competition"andmarijuanametabolitesingeneral,suchasthedetectionofCarboxylicAcidinMr.Diaz'spost-fighturine
test,
donotviolatethepolicyprohibitingsubstancesthatareconsideredperformanceenhancingorpotential1ydangerous,Asanauthorizedmedicalmarijuanapatient,Mr.Diaz'sconsumptionislegalinbothNevadaandCalifornia.Notably,WADA'slimitsonmarijuana"in-competition",andtheexclusionofmarijuanametaboliteingeneral,havebeenadoptedbytheNSAC.Accordingly,thepresenceofamarijuanametaboliteisnotaprohibitedsubstanceunderNAC487.850andshouldnot,therefore,serveasabasisforanydisciplinaryaction,
II.
ANALYSIS
A.MarijuanaMetaboliteIsNotDefinedAsaProhibitedSubstanceForLegalUsersofMedicalMarijuana.
In2001,Nevadalegalizedtheuseofmedicalmarijuana,SeeNRS453A,200.Thisexemptedpersonspossessingvalidregistryidentificationcardsfromstateprosecutionforusingmedicalmarijuana.lei,In2009,Nevadamovedinlinewithotherstateswithmedicalmarijuanalawsbyexcludingmarijuanaandmarijuanametabolitesasa"prohibitedsubstance":
484C.080."Prohibitedsubstance"defined
"Prohibitedsubstance"meansanyofthefollowingsubstances
ifthepersonwhousesthesubstancehasnotbeenissuedavalidprescription
tousethesubstanceandthesubstanceisclassifiedinscheduleIorIIpursuanttoNRS453,166or453.176whenitis
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SeeNRS484C.080(emphasisadded),Thisplainlanguagemakesclearthatmarijuanaandmarijuanametabolitesfoundinthebodyasaresultoflegalconsumptionarenotconsideredprohibitedsubstances,Here,Mr.Diaz'sphysicianapprovedtheuseofmarijuanatotreatAttentionDeficitHyperactivityDisorder
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Diaz
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Asaresult,thepresenceofCarboxylicAcid
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non-prohibitedsubstance)cannotserveasabasisfordiscipline.
B.TheLegalConsumptionofMarijuanaOut-of-CompetitionIsNotProhibited.
I.WADAMakes
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ImportantLimitationsForMarijuana.
WADAisanindependentagencymonitoringdruguseinsportsandhaspromulgatedanInternationalStandard,SeeWADA'sProhibitedListattachedasExhibit
"E."
TheNSAC,aswellasotherregulatorybodies,haveadoptedtheInternationalStandardclassifyingprohibitedsubstancesincategoriesof"in-competition,""out-of-competition"and"inparticularsports,"
lei;
SeeNAC467.850(2)(£)(anydrugidentifiedbyWADAonits
ProhibitedList
is"adoptedbyreference"),Suchsubstancesasanabolicsteroids,growthhormones
(GH)
anddiureticsareprohibited"atalltimes"comparedtomarijuanawhichisprohibitedonly"in-competition,"
leI.
Inevaluatingmarijuana,WADApermitssuchuse"out-of-competition"butprohibitssuchuse"in-competition,"Thecategoryfor
SubstancesProhibitedIn-Competition
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CANNABINOIDSNatural(e.g.cannabis,hashish,marijuana)orsyntheticdelta9-tetrahydrocannabinol(THC)andcannabimirnetics[e,g,"Spice"(containing
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NSAChaspermittedexemptionsformanypharmaceuticaldrugswithlonger-lastingandmoreseriouseffectsthanmarijuanasuchasopioidsandanti-depressants.Notably,DIAZstoppedusingmedicalmarijuanaeight(8)daysbeforethefightand,therefore,didnotseekanexemption.

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