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Cesar Gracie: Nick Diaz medical marijuana card possibly the reason forced out of Strikeforce event

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"He's got a medical marijuana card.... Nick is a naturalist by heart. He thinks Ritalin is an amphetamine. He thinks that's really bad for you. People with [Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD0] are kind of hyper, so he has trouble sleeping. He got the medical marijuana card and he takes his pot to go to sleep and be more focused. It's completely legal in California. Voters voted it in. The commission is actually supposed to obey that, so this will probably open up a legal case. If it was something small, OK, f---- it, whatever. But if they're not even going to allow him to test clean, that doesn't make sense. That's overstepping their boundaries."

Nick Diaz was a surprise late scratch for his upcoming bout with Jae Suk Lim on the Strikeforce: "Shamrock vs. Cung Le" event this Saturday (March 29) at the HP Pavillion in San Jose, Calif. His trainer, Cesar Gracie, blames the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) for the decision because his fighter smokes pot to treat an ADD condition. CSAC Executive Director, Armando Garcia, claims Diaz's medical papers were not submitted in time as the reason. The report indicates that Diaz never submitted a urine sample nor did he tested positive for marijuana (it's a banned substance in mixed martial arts). He is expected to return on the June 14 show. Drew Fickett is now booked to fight Kim in Diaz's absence.

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