Many athletes and coaches have spoken out in support of legalized marijuana. And while many of these players have made excellent arguments, none of them may be as good as the one written by Al Harrington.
Former NBA player Al Harrington wrote an impassioned plea to end the War on Marijuana. While the article is called "9 Reasons to End the War on Marijuana," it's actually a combination of Harrington's experiences through family and friends using cannabis as well as statistics backing up legalization.
In the article, Harrington talks about his grandmother who grew up believing the narrative that marijuana was evil and would lead to criminal behavior, until she developed chronic pain at 80-years-old and couldn't find any other medication to help treat it. He also discusses growing up in Orange, New Jersey and experiencing the fear of police raiding people's homes for drugs, including marijuana. And then when he grew up, he found out that cannabis was prevalent in colleges and suburbs and the police didn't care, unlike in the poorer neighborhoods like where he grew up.
He also mentions how he used painkillers during his career to deal with injuries, and the many drawbacks those caused. He says he personally believes 70 to 80 percent of players in the NBA use marijuana, and that most of them wait until the offseason to do so.
Harrington's article is one of the better personal stories written about why cannabis was important to a person's life and why legalization is needed. It should definitely be checked out.
(h/t The Player's Tribune)