Remove marijuana from banned substances list in MMA

Remove marijuana from banned substances list in MMA

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Hayley Turner started this petition to World Anti-Doping Agency and

As a professional MMA fighter, I and other MMA fighters are regularly tested in competition, randomly, by the state of Michigan and anywhere else we choose to compete. 

Cutrently, in the state of Michigan, if you have any of the following substances in your system while in competition, you will receive a ban from 6 months - an indefinite amount of time:

- cannabis/marijuana (all forms)

- amphetamines (like adderall) 

-  benzos (like Xanax and Klonopin)

These are just just a few that the state looks for and namely the ones that I have a problem with. The state of MI does not permit a Theraputic Use Case for any reason, and even though medical marijuana was legalized, they still do not permit medical marijuana users to test “positive” in competition.

I would also like to mention that while the state does test for medications that are commonly prescribed by psychiatrists for insomnia, ADD, anxiety, and digestive issues, they do NOT test for a single Performance Enhancing Drug or PED. 

As someone who suffers from anxiety, insomnia, and has been struggling with digestive issues for the better part of the last two years (that has landed me in the hospital four times in the last 8 months and I’m still chasing a diagnosis), it is important to me to be able to use medical marijuana to treat my conditions with minimal side effects. 

Last note, personal: the prescriptions given to me by my psychiatrist interact with each other and cause qt-prolongation and a few other long term heart problems, weight gain, suicide, and depression to name a few. The medications prescribed by my GI doctor to treat my stomach pain and lack of appetite ALSO had serious side effects whereas medical marijuana gives me dry eyes. 

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