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UFC welterweight Nick Diaz is currently suspended indefinitely by the Nevada State Athletic Commission because of a positive test for marijuana metabolites following . It was expected that his case would be heard when the commission meets on April 24th, and Diaz's lawyer Ross Goodman even submitted a letter demanding to be on the agenda on that date:
"In discussions with Mr. Kizer, following the Summary Suspension Order, Mr. Kizer informed me and others that this matter would be placed on the NAC’s agenda," Goodman wrote. "Our client was and is confident that there is no basis for disciplinary action against him and therefore did not object to a delay beyond the required 45-day time limit as long as the matter was heard and determined in April."
However, his case will not be heard. Why? The commission wants to see his medical marijuana card first. Check out what the NSAC had to say after the jump.
"On several occasions, you told me and Mr. Kizer that Mr. Diaz had a medical marijuana card," Eccles wrote. "You agreed to produce the card prior to the disciplinary hearing. I’ve waited for more than a month for the card. As a result, I issued a Request for Production for the card and other information regarding Diaz’s case. You have chosen not to provide the requested documents, including Mr. Diaz’s card. If Mr. Diaz does not have the card, simply confirm that in writing. As to the relevance of the of the documents I requested for production, it is the Commission that will ultimately decide what is relevant."
According to Nick's friend though, there is a plan in place:
I'd suggest reading both statements to gain a clearer understanding of the argument and the rebuttal. Even if Goodman does know what he's doing though, it seems like it will be a while before we find out the fate of Stockton's Finest in terms of MMA. Nick is keeping busy though, and will face Braulio Estima in a BJJ match next month.