Florida boxers and MMA fighters not have to fret about testing optimistic for hashish

Cannabis has made headlines lately, and legalization efforts have made tremendous strides in a number of states and countries. With these legislative changes, many organizations, including some professional sports leagues, have adjusted their rules to allow cannabis use.

ESPN reported that the Florida Boxing Commission will no longer require cannabis screening for professional boxers and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters. This is due to recommendations from the Association of Boxing Commissions Medical Advisory Committee and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Anti-Doping Policy approved by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

In the past, fighters who have just tested positive for have been Trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) were punished, suspended and had temporarily suspended their victories. In some cases, these fighters have even been banned from future competitions within that state’s jurisdiction. The new ruling took effect immediately after the vote in Tallahassee on Tuesday.

The change made in accordance with the Florida UFC, which announced THC was removed from the list of prohibited substances in January 2021. However, the UFC still does not allow the cannabinoid if athletes use it “intentionally for performance-enhancing purposes.”

In 2020, UFC officials cited details from its cannabidiol (CBD) research partnership with Canada Aurora cannabis. They’ve done research to uncover the cannabinoid’s potential for treating pain and inflammation, both of which are common after exercise and after combat.

The UFC and boxing aren’t the only sports that have “turned a new page”. Other sports leagues have also changed their rules on cannabis use, including:

  • The National Basketball Association (NBA), which announced in December that it would not test players for cannabis.
  • Major League Baseball (MLB), which announced last March that players could use cannabis for personal use. However, they are still not permitted to work with or accept sponsorship from companies involved in cannabis.
  • The National Football League (NFL), which announced in May that it would no longer suspend players who tested positive for cannabis.

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