CSAC passes amendment that would allow exemptions for TRT, marijuana
The California State Athletic Commission voted on Monday to approve an amendment that allows therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for combat sports’ athletes who use drugs currently banned by the state agency for medical purposes, including testosterone and marijuana.
To be adopted into state law, the amendment’s verbiage must now be reviewed and approved by the Department of Consumer Affairs and then the state’s Office of Administrative Law, a process that could take months or even years, if it passes at all.
Loosely modeled after the exemption process the World Anti-Doping Agency uses for Olympians, Monday’s CSAC-approved amendment states that the exemption will only apply to “medication needed to maintain health and not obtain an unfair advantage over an opponent during a match.”
At a meeting held today in Sacramento, Calif., the California State Athletic Commission voted to uphold a yearlong suspension and fine of Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos.
During the meeting, Santos took responsibility for the positive test in a statement read to the commission.
“I made a mistake,” Santos said. “I do not condone the use of performance enhancing drugs in MMA.”
The statement played favorably with commissioner John Frierson, who applauded the fighter for appearing before the commission and introduced a motion to have the suspension reduced to six months.
“At least she came before us and fell on the sword,” he said.
I'm not sure if this was "Cyborg" admitting that she knowingly took PED's (she originally said that she used a dietary supplement to help her cut weight that she thought was deemed safe but ultimately was not) but either way, it was a step in the right direction in terms of her road back.