diaz2.jpgAn interesting legal battle is brewing over fighting and medical marijuana use.

Former UFC and Pride fighter Nick Diaz was a late scratch from Saturday’s Showtime Strikeforce/Elite XC card. Out goes Diaz, in comes Drew Fickett to fight Jae Suk Lim.

Why was Diaz scratched? Apparently the CSAC (California State Athletic Commission) doesn’t approve of Nick’s use of medical marijuana.

His mentor Cesar Gracie explains to Sherdog.com that Diaz has been approved by California to use marijuana to treat his attention deficit disorder…

Nick is a naturalist by heart,” said Gracie. “He thinks Ritalin is an amphetamine. He thinks that’s really bad for you. People with ADD are kind of hyper, so he has trouble sleeping. He got the medical marijuana card and he takes his pot to go to sleep and be more focused. It’s completely legal in California. Voters voted it in. The commission is actually supposed to obey that, so this will probably open up a legal case. If it was something small, OK, f—- it, whatever. But if they’re not even going to allow him to test clean, that doesn’t make sense. That’s overstepping their boundaries.”  

Between the handling of the Sean Sherk steroid suspension and this Diaz case, commissioner Armando Garcia needs to get his house in order.

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