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MMA fighter Ronda Rousey speaks out against marijuana testing

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UFC Champion, Olympic judoka, and Maxim cover girl Ronda Rousey spoke out against marijuana testing in the wake of Jessica Eye testing positive and earning a yearlong “probated suspension” and $1,875 in fines. While the legality of marijuana varies from state to state lately, the fact remains that it is not the responsibility of professional sports organizations to enforce the law. It most certainly isn't a performance enhancing drug, which is all the UFC's governing body should be concerned with.

"Honestly I feel like weed is not a performance-enhancing drug at all," Rousey told MMAjunkie. "We are tested for it for entirely political reasons. The athletic commission is there to make sure we compete fairly and they are testing us for something that has nothing to do with athletic competition."

The NFL and MLB also both currently list marijuana on their banned substances list. The NBA bans the use of marijuana but the consequences are more lenient than with performance enhancing drugs. Use of cannabis is prohibited during competition in the Olympics, but not outside of competition, resulting in changing the threshold level required to flag a competitor to 150 nanograms per milliliter. The NHL doesn't test for marijuana at all, focusing only on performance enhancing drugs.

As legalization continues, more drug screeners are bound to drop marijuana from the list of substances to test for.

“It is beyond their rights,” Rousey said. “It’s actually an invasion of privacy.”



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