Many people across the sports world have called on the leagues to allow players to use medical marijuana. But while many of these advocates have been former players or coaches, an active NBA player has finally spoken out on the issue.
Karl Anthony-Towns is a young star player for the Minnesota Timberwolves. In an interview with ESPN.com, Towns said he agrees with former NBA commissioner David Stern that players should be allowed to use medical marijuana. Here is his full quote:
I agree with David Stern with marijuana. You don't have to actually make it "Mary J" [or] "Half Baked." You don't have to do it like that, but you could use the [chemical] properties in it to make a lot of people better. That's something that [Commissioner] Adam Silver has to do, that's out of my control, but maybe legalizing marijuana. Not fully legal where people are chimneys but using [marijuana] as a beneficial factor as an athlete, as a person living daily. I think a lot of times fans forget that sometimes there may be some things that are banned that may not be the greatest for playing basketball, but for everyday living off the court, sometimes those things that are legal could help us.
Towns said he's never used marijuana in his life, but he's observed the benefits of the drug while doing charity with autistic children.
To be fair, the NBA already has a fairly relaxed marijuana policy. According to Bleacher Report, after the first positive test a player has to undergo a substance treatment program. After a second test, the player is fined $25,000. A third fine results in a five game suspension, and each positive test afterwards adds an additional five games to the previous the suspension.
But obviously, removing those penalties and allowing players to treat injuries and other conditions with marijuana would be hugely beneficial for the whole league.
(h/t Bleacher Report)