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Nick Diaz's due process is turning into an overdue process.
The former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) after testing positive for marijuana metabolites following his five round unanimous decision loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143, which was held on Feb. 4, 2012 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Diaz, who must appear before the NSAC to answer for the charges, has a prescription for medical marijuana after being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which is legal in both Nevada and his home state of California.
He just got carded.
The State Attorney General has since requested a copy of said card prior to scheduling a date for his disciplinary hearing, which so far, neither Diaz nor his attorney Ross Goodman have produced, despite waiting "more than a month."
No card, no date.
That means the Stockton slugger will not be a part of next Tuesday's (April 24, 2012) festivities, where fellow UFC fighter Alistair Overeem appears to answer for his failed drug test, one that returned a 14:1 testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio and put his UFC 146 title fight in jeopardy.
Goodman has suggested that his client's case should be "abandoned or discontinued" by the commission after it failed to act within a reasonable time limit and exceeding its "statutory powers."
While these two duke it out, Diaz will test his grappling chops against Braulio Estima in the upcoming World Jiu-Jitsu Expo (WJJE) on May 12, 2012, in Long Beach, California.