In November, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) said he was working to relax the rules around cannabis, and it appears he has kept his word. UFC reports that positive cannabis tests will no longer trigger fines or suspensions for UFC fighters.
At least five UFC fighters have been suspended for positive cannabis tests in the past two years, and in many cases, fighters say the suspensions are due to cannabis still being in their system after brief use. The revised rules represent a significant change from the UFC's previous stance on positive drug tests.
In a significant number of cases where cannabinoids were used, THC was found to be present in residual amounts and not present in levels that enhanced performance. Newsday reported that now fighters could continue to be tested for cannabinoids and be punished with if further evidence shows the substance was taken for performance-enhancing purposes.