The issue of marijuana use has been brought up in multiple sports over the past few weeks. UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is the latest athlete to speak out on the issue and she was very clear that she does not believe athletic commissions should be testing for marijuana when conducting their drug tests.
Not only is it far from a performance-enhancing drug, but Rousey says testing for marijuana is beyond the athletic commission’s rights.
“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.
“It is beyond their rights [to test for marijuana]. It’s actually an invasion of privacy.”
Punishment for a positive marijuana tests differ from the different sanctioning bodies that govern the sport, but no matter what the punishment is it is clear that Rousey believes it is too harsh.
The same can be said for many athletes, so we will have to wait and see whether athletic commissions begin to wise-up and drop marijuana from their testing practices.