“Iâ€™m against testing for weed at all. Itâ€™s not a performance enhancing drug. And it has nothing to do with competition. Itâ€™s only tested for political reasons,” she said.
Spot on, Ronda. Although marijuana is on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List, the advantages it can offer athletes during a competition are, by WADA’s own admission, limited to “better focus” and “diminished stress.”
Diaz and many more athletes who regularly smoke marijuana use the drug for non-competitive recreational purposes. Diaz himself is a card-carrying medical marijuana patient in California. But in making its decision, the NSAC effectively stripped away all context behind Diaz’s possible marijuana usage, charging him like a cheater when he’s really just another fighter in pain — a point that infuriated Rousey on Wednesday.
“If one person tests for steroids, that could actually hurt a person, and the other person smokes a plant that makes him happy, and he gets suspended for five years. Whereas a guy who could hurt someone gets a slap on the wrist. Itâ€™s not fair,” Rousey said, also adding that she believes marijuana testing is an invasion of privacy.
Nice to see this. I think the World Anti-Doping Agency is going to start getting more pressure in this area, because it really is absurd.