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Ronda Rousey Nails the Stupidity of Drug Testing for Weed

September 17th 2015

By:
Laura Donovan

UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey recently condemned the Nevada State Athletic Commission for giving fellow fighter Nick Diaz a five-year suspension after he tested positive for marijuana. This was Diaz's third marijuana-related offense, but Rousey, who was just voted the Best Female Athlete Ever by ESPN Women, says marijuana testing is pointless in mixed martial arts (MMA).

“I'm sorry, no one asked me anything, but I have to say something,” an impassioned Rousey said at a recent UFC 183 press conference in Australia. “It's so not right that you can be suspended five years for marijuana... There’s no reason that we should be tested for weed. It shouldn’t be involved at all. Nick [Diaz] is a really close and dear friend of mine so of course I’m going to defend him."


Rousey, who raised her voice a lot during the heated speech, went on to say she's totally against marijuana screenings in her line of work because they only exist to fulfill political agendas.

”I’m against testing for weed at all," she said. "It’s not a performance-enhancing drug and it has nothing to do with athletic competition; it’s only tested for political reasons. They say, ‘It’s only for your safety to keep you from hurting yourself.’ You know what, then why don’t they test us for all the other things that could possibly hurt us, that we could be under the influence of when we’re out there?"

She pointed out that steroid use should be punishable, as it can be very dangerous, but not weed.

"If one person tests for steroids, that could actually really hurt a person, and the other person smokes a plant that makes him happy, and he gets suspended for five years," she said. "Whereas a guy who could hurt someone so much that he could’ve died in there [and] he gets a slap on the wrist. It’s not fair. It’s not fair at all. It doesn’t make me a bad person for saying it, I just can’t believe it’s not being said more... I don't think that marijuana should be part of the conversation at all. I think it's an invasion of privacy for them to test for it and they have no right."

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