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Former Commissioner David Stern Believes NBA Should Allow Medical and Recreational Cannabis

Former NBA commissioner David Stern candidly talked about cannabis in an interesting Uninterrupted video with former NBA player Al Harrington that released.

Harrington, who played in the league for 16 years, was featured because he’s now a cannabis entrepreneur and runs a cannabis extract company. He explained to 75-year-old Stern that he used the extract to treat complications from a “botched” knee surgery he had when he was with the Nuggets and that it helped him more than anything else.

In other words, Harrington is the perfect person to discuss this with. Here are some of the key parts from the video:

  • Stern said that while in the past, marijuana was thought of as a gateway drug, he doesn’t believe that anymore, though he also said he doesn’t blame sports leagues for being slow to change. Then, he went on to share that a CNN series by Sanjay Gupta about “how laws against marijuana are crazy” and why medical marijuana should be encouraged is what influenced him the most.

“I think that pretty smart people don’t know what’s right and what’s not right, but I think universally, marijuana for medical purposes should be completely legal.” -Stern

  • Stern said that the NBA — and all sports leagues — “should find a way to get (medical marijuana usage) defined and made official” because if so much goes into making sure players are trained well and recover quickly, then why isn’t marijuana part of the conversation?

“I don’t think there’s been a proper spokesperson for this subject. I think that if medical marijuana is available, then it’s up to the individual team doctor. You tell me it worked for you and it worked for others that you know, then we should find a way to get that defined and made official … Could you imagine if we could create a situation where every superstar was able to play one additional year?”

Stern said that he believes NBA players should be allowed to use recreational cannabis, as long as it is legal in their current state.

“I think we gotta change the collective bargaining agreement and let you do what’s legal in your state. If marijuana is now int he process of being legalized, I would think you should be allowed to do what’s legal in your state. Now I think it’s up to the sports leagues to anticipate where this is going and lead the way,” Stern said, “….probably should be removed from the (NBA’s) ban list.”

Current NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said that the league isn’t thinking about altering its marijuana policy to allow players to start using it, but recently coaches (like Steve Kerr) and former players (like Chauncey Billups) have spoken out about why it should be allowed, so maybe, just maybe, things are extremely close to changing.

In a statement, NBA spokesperson Mike Bass wrote:

“While Commissioner Silver has said that we are interested in better understanding the safety and efficacy of medical marijuana, our position remains unchanged regarding the use by current NBA players of marijuana for recreational purposes.”

Check out the video below.

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