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Diaz vs. NSAC

Diaz vs. NSAC

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RossC.GoodmanNevadaBarNo.7722
GOODMANLAWGROUP,P.C.
ross@goodmanlawgroup.com520S.FourthSt.,2
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Facsimile:(702)385-5088Attorneys
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CLERKOFTHECOURT
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No.:A-12-660642-CDept.No.:XXXII
NICHOLASDIAZ,
COMPLAINT
Plaintiff,
v.
NEVADASTATEATHLETICCOMMISSION,Defendant.COMESNOW.PlaintiffNicholasDiaz("Diaz"),byandthroughhisattorney,RossC.GoodmanEsq.,oftheGoodmanLawGroup,andherebyallegesagainsttheabove-nameddefendantasfollows:
1.PlaintiffDiaz
is
a
professionalmixedmartialartistresident
in
Stockton,California.
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with
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2324252627283.OnFebruary4,2012,DiazparticipatedinaprofessionalmixedmartialartscontestattheMandalayBayEventsCenterinLasVegas,Nevada(the"Contest"),whichContestwasconductedunderthedirection,management,controlandjurisdictionoftheNSAC,.4.Prior
to
theevent,DiazappliedtotheNSACforalicenseasamixedmartial
artist,and
theNSACduly
issuedand
approvedsuch
license
before
the
Contest.5.FollowingtheContest,theNSAC'sExecutiveDirectorfiledacomplaintagainst
Diaz,
datedFebruary
8,
2012(the"Complaint"),6.IntheComplaint,theNSACallegedthat
a
urinesampleprovidedbyDiazimmediatelyfollowingtheContestreflectedapositiveresultforthepresenceofmarijuanametabolites,andthatsuchmetaboliteswereprohibitedbyNSACregulation.7,OnoraboutFebruary9,2012,theNSAC'sExecutiveDirectorsuspendedDiaz'slicenseunderNRS233B.127(3)andNRS467.117(1)(the"SummarySuspension").8.InrelianceonrepresentationsthatahearingoftheComplaintwouldbescheduled
"in
thenear
future"
DiazdidnotinitiallychallengetheSummarySuspension.9.OnFebruary22,2012theNSACresolvedtocontinuetheSummarySuspensionpending
afinaldetermination
ofthe
Complaint,
10,DiazfiledaReplytotheComplaintandsupportingaffidavitsonMarch7,2012.Thatreplyandsupportingaffidavitsstatedthat,
interalia:
a)Diazisanauthorizedmedicinalmarijuanapatientfortreatmentofattentiondeficithyperactivitydisorder("ADHD");b)marijuanametaboliteisnotaprohibitedsubstanceunderNSAC'sregulations;c)theNSACandtheWorldAnti-DopingAgencyprohibittheconsumptionofmarijuanaonly
"in
competition";
 
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d)Diaz'spracticeistodiscontinuemedicalmarijuanatreatmenteightdaysbeforeanyfighttoeliminatethepossibilityof
any
behavioralandpsychologicaleffectsassociatedwithmedicinalmarijuana'sactiveingredient;ande)DiazhascommittednoviolationoftheNSAC'sregulations.
11.
FollowingdeliveryoftheReplytotheComplaint,theAttorneyGeneral'srepresentative,
Mr,
ChristopherEccles,providedfurtherassurancesthattheComplaintwouldbeheardinApril.12.OnMarch29,2012,theNSAC'sExecutiveDirectordeliveredtoDiazarevisedComplaint(the"FirstAmendedComplaint").13.TheFirstAmendedComplaintmadefurtherallegationsagainstDiazincluding,
interalia,
allegationsthatDiazprovidedfalseormisleadinginformationtotheNSACbyindicatingona'Pre-FightQuestionnaire'that(i)hedoesnothaveanyseriousmedicalillnesses,(ii)hehadnottakenorreceivedanyprescribedmedicationsinthelasttwoweeksbeforetheContest,and
(iii)
hehadnottakenorreceivedanyoverthecountermedicationorproductsinthelasttwoweeksbeforetheContest.14.OnMarch29,2012,Apri12,2012,andApril3,2012,Diaz,throughhisattorneys,sentfurtherrequeststo
Mr.
EcclesandtheNSAC'sExecutiveDirectorrequestingafinndateforthehearingofthecomplaint.Noresponsetothiscorrespondencewasprovided.
15,
OnApril11,
2012,
DiazthroughhisattorneysdeliveredtoMr.EcclesandtheNSAC'sexecutivedirector:a)Diaz's
filed
replytotheFirstAmendedComplaintonbehalfofDiaz(the"ReplytoFAC");and

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