The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has officially removed marijuana from its list of banned substances for professional fighters. This move builds on a 2021 policy that largely shielded athletes from penalties for THC, the psychoactive component in cannabis.
The change aligns the UFC with evolving findings and regulations regarding cannabis use in sports.
Progressive Shift in Anti-Doping Policy
UFC chief business officer Hunter Campbell highlighted the organization’s commitment to a progressive anti-doping policy. “UFC’s goal for the Anti-Doping Policy is to be the best, most effective, and most progressive anti-doping program in all of professional sports,” Campbell stated. This latest policy revision marks a significant shift in the treatment of cannabis within the combat sports industry.
The updated anti-doping program, effective December 31, includes a partnership with Drug Free Sport International (DFSI). Jeff Novitzky, UFC’s senior vice president of Athlete Health and Performance, said the updated anti-doping program is the culmination of extensive input and experimentation, pointing to the program’s adaptability to evolving science for better athlete protection.
Policy Adaptation And The Pro-Cannabis Trend In Sports Organizations
This change reflects a broader trend in sports organizations modifying their marijuana policies. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Basketball Association (NBA) and Major League Baseball (MLB) have…