As UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner recently said to a group of experts on the Nevada Athletic Commission’s advisory panel regarding drug use, “Times are changing.” In conjunction with growing public acceptance of marijuana, the UFC has decided to soften its stance on fighters who smoke pot by increasing the allowable level of metabolites in a significant way.
“When we self-regulate around the world, we are going to go the WADA standard of 150 ng/mL. So we’re starting that immediately,” said Ratner in a conversation with the board captured by MMAJunkie.
Previously 50 ng/mL was the mark.
Ratner also went on to say Brazil’s athletic commission was making a similar change with things starting as soon as next week’s lineup for UFC on Fuel 10. According to the report, officials and medical professionals on the NAC panel seemed to embrace the UFC’s new policy and would consider it as well when addressing matters on an official level later this summer.