(Sports Illustrated) The California State Athletic Commission voted on Monday to approve an amendment that allows therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for combat sports’ athletes who use drugs currently banned by the state agency for medical purposes, including testosterone and marijuana.To be adopted into state law, the amendment’s verbiage must now be reviewed and approved by the Department of Consumer Affairs and then the state’s Office of Administrative Law, a process that could take months or even years, if it passes at all.
Loosely modeled after the exemption process the World Anti-Doping Agency uses for Olympians, Monday’s CSAC-approved amendment states that the exemption will only apply to “medication needed to maintain health and not obtain an unfair advantage over an opponent during a match.”
Most of this article deals with detection of testosterone in mixed martial arts fighters, namely one UFC middleweight, Dan Henderson, who tested positive for the banned substance when he fought Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, but was given a “therapeutic use exemption”. However, the exemption, with proper medical documentation, would be applied to medical marijuana. This would be fantastic news to fighters Nick Diaz and Toby “Tigerheart” Grear, who have both gone rounds with the Athletic Commission over their medical marijuana use.