World Anti-Doping Agency Loosens Marijuana Regulations
Before the 11th of May, the regulations for testing positive to marijuana use were concentration of 15 nanograms per milliliter. This meant that marijuana tests administered prior to competition would reveal athletes' use of marijuana up to a month before the time of the test, and could even detect second-hand marijuana smoke. This regulation prohibited an American Judo player from participating in the 2012 Olympics Games in London, when he tested positive for marijuana under these standards. The regulation also adopted by The Association of Boxing commissions, caused several Mixed Martial Arts fighters to be banned from competition for testing positive; these fighters included Nick Diaz, Dave Herman, Matt Riddle, and Robbie Peralta. Another fighter Pat "Bam Bam" Healy tested positive following these rules after UFC 159 and his UFC 159 win was changed to 'no-contest', he lost $130,000 and faced a 90-day suspension following the positive tests.
The new regulation as of May 11th has lessened the THC concentration that is used when testing for marijuana. Regulation has gone from 15 nanograms per milliliter to 150 nanograms per milliliter. This new regulations would only detect marijuana use for days or hours prior to competition or the time at which the test was administered. There are many reasons for this change in the rules. One of them is that the WADA is now targeting athletes that abuse the substance in-competition. The new concentration will determine whether they used it right before a competition and those are the people who WADA is now targeting. Another reason for this change is because marijuana has been legalized in a number of places whose athletics are regulated under WADA. WADA feels that because it is legal for use in many areas, they too should only target athletes abusing it during competition. Another of the main reasons for the loosening of the regulation is that marijuana researchers have proven that marijuana does not enhance the performance in any sport.
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