Boxers, MMA athletes will no longer be subject to cannabis testing in Florida

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Combat sports athletes in Florida will no longer be suspended or fined for cannabis use, reports ESPN . The Florida State Boxing Commission announced the changes following a meeting on Tuesday. “We’re not testing for it,” Patrick Fargason, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, told ESPN . “We’re not doing anything with it — period,” Fargason said. Report: Cannabis policies for combat sports revised UFC president Dana White says he’s working to “loosen up” cannabis restrictions UFC announces it will no longer punish fighters for positive cannabis tests Earlier this year, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) came to terms with a new policy that would prevent UFC fighters from being fined or suspended for cannabis use . While fighters are still tested for cannabinoids, they will not be punished for positive results unless “further evidence demonstrates the substance was taken for performance-enhancing purposes,” it was decided. However, athletes are still required to follow the rules from local athletic commissions and could face punishment from those commissions for positive cannabis results. The Nevada State Athletic Commission, in particular, has been quick to suspend, fine and overturn wins for fighters who have tested positive for cannabis, despite the plant being legal in the state. Following the USADA and UFC’s policy, Fargason said the Florida commission will only take action if a fighter is visibly impaired. Jeff Novitzky, vice president of athlete health and performance for the UFC, testified at the Florida commission meeting earlier this week and told ESPN that the state’s new rules were “big,” but there’s still a long way to go. On Twitter, Novitzky said the decision of the Florida athletic commission was the “right move.” “They took a close look at the science behind THC excretion and saw…

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