Nate Diaz laughs when he thinks about marijuana's growing popularity

Think back to 2004, the year Nate Diaz made his professional MMA debut at WEC 12.

Back then, zero states legalized marijuana for recreational use. The number of states with legalized medical marijuana was 12. Fifteen years later, 12 states have legalized recreational marijuana use. The number of states that allow medical marijuana use is now up to 21.

Of course, federal law still prohibits the use of marijuana in the U.S. But the overall public opinion on cannabis has drastically changed. Cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive component of marijuana, is all the rage right now because of its perceived health benefits. For evidence of this, look no further than the UFC’s recent multi-year partnership with Aurora Cannabis.

So, yeah, we’ve come a long way since 2004 and since that time the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency basically lost its mind over Diaz vaping CBD oil at the UFC 202 news conference in 2016.

Diaz can only marvel and laugh at this new perception of weed.

“You know what’s crazy to me, the best part about this whole thing is … I got kicked out of school for fighting and selling weed. And now for a professional career I’m fighting and selling CBD,” Diaz told TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter on Friday. “Cannabis is coming soon.”

Diaz continued, “It all worked out. I never thought it was bad to begin with. I thought it was all positive, productive. I don’t think people should be going out and smoking weed. I don’t want to put that look out or anything. But as an athlete, I think you should be smoking some marijuana, if you choose to do something to help you get through the day, instead of sticking a bunch of steroids in your ass and taking a bunch of faulty supplements.”

Earlier this week at UFC 241 open workouts, Diaz set the internet on fire when he blazed a blunt on stage, which he said was a CBD cigarette from his own Game Up Nutrition line.

On Saturday night, Diaz returns to the octagon for the first time in three years when he takes on Anthony Pettis at UFC 241 from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Win or lose, think we’ll see him light up again during the post-event news conference?

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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