Last week UFC's VP of regulatory affairs, Marc Ratner, asked for a softer stance against fighters who test positive for marijuana after fights in Nevada. He requested that the Nevada State Athletic Commission re-consider how they deal with these fighters who test positve and he believes that they should be treated differently than those caught using performance-enhancing drugs.
Ratner was quoted saying, "I just cannot believe that a performance-enhancing drug and marijuana can be treated the same. It just doesn't make sense to the world anymore, and it's something that I think needs to be brought up."
With the UFC looking to take a softer stance against their fighters who are testing postive for marijuana it makes you wonder if other sports will follow suit. The NFL has just as many cases of athletes testing postive for the drug, and unfortunately players are being suspended for it. So will the NFL ever re-consider their marijuana policy? I understand the NFL's approach. They are an organization and they have the final word on the terms and conditions by which the players are to abide by. However, as states and even the nation as a whole reconsiders their own policies, you wonder if the NFL will follow suit.
A recent situation involves former LSU defensive back, Tyrann Mathieu, who has tested postive for marijuana several times in his college career. As he looks to enter the 2013 NFL Draft teams are being very skeptical about his marijuana use. Teams are being cautious because they are not convinced he can choose football over marijuana. The last thing they want to do is waste a draft pick on a player who will eventually get suspended because he tested positive during the season. This just seems ridiculous, especially considering the fact that marijuana may potentially help some players in terms of recovering from injuries and hits to the head. If you consider the two sports, the UFC and the NFL, they are both very brutal in terms of what these athletes put their bodies through. I think these organizations can sacrifice a little bit and soften their stance on marijuana use, especially if the athletes can vouch that it helps them in regards to pain and recovery from injuries. If the athletes are indulging and jeopardizing their careers by doing so then maybe there is a reason for it. If it is not a performance-enhancing drug then what harm is it doing to the league if players decide to indulge?
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