Marijuana use is becoming a progressively more complicated issue in America following the passing of state legislation to make its sell and use legal. Some states remain firmly against such measures.
The league has maintained its position that marijuana falls under the category of banned substances, with a positive tests resulting in increasing punishments, including suspension.
TMZ says it spoke with 10 NBA players, who said they want the league to remove marijuana from the banned substances list, if a player has a prescription. (Many states allow the sale and use of medical marijuana for various conditions.)
We asked 10 active NBA players (all of whom wanted to remain anonymous) … and they all made it very clear — it’s time to legalize it!!! One player told us, “How can you tell a guy with a prescription not to use it?? They should be allowed to have their medicine.”
Another said … “The NBA shouldn’t advertise for it, but I don’t see an issue if a player uses [with a prescription].”
Overall, the players believe the league needs to change with the times — though they agree, the NBA is more progressive than other major sports leagues like the NFL and MLB and could be a real trailblazer when it comes to pot policy. But don’t expect things to change overnight — we spoke with the NBA Players Association … which told us the issue can be on the table at the next collective bargaining session in 2017.
“We represent the players’ rights in their workplace. If this is an issue that membership feels strongly about, we would address it during CBA negotiations. This is a players’ rights issue.”
It should be noted 10 NBA players isn’t exactly a great sample, and it’s not like TMZ conducted an official policy survey. It does, however, give a glimpse into the attitudes of the players on this issue.
Source: CBS Sports