The legalization of weed has been a controversial issue for a long time, but it has especially blown up ever since Colorado became the first state to legalize it back in early 2014. Other states have opened to legalizing it as well, like Washington, California, Oregon and more for recreational use and Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, and more for medical use.
The discussion recently got brought back in the NBA as former NBA player, and current weed entrepreneur, Al Harrington and former NBA commissioner, David Stern, spoke about whether weed should be banned or not from the league. Stern went on to say "I'm now at the point where, personally, I think [marijuana] probably should be removed from the ban list. I think there is universal agreement that marijuana for medical purposes should be completely legal."
His initial reason for tightening up the weed policies was because “some of our players came to us and said [players] were high coming into the game.”
His idea now is that "I think we have to change the Collective Bargaining Agreement and let you do what is legal in your state. If marijuana is now in the process of being legalized, I think you should be allowed to do what's legal in your state."
There have been some people against this ideology, like Stephen A. Smith, who went on to say “I’m only speaking about recreational use of marijuana. I think it’s abhorrent, I think it’s ridiculous and I don’t support it at all in terms of the NBA legalizing it.”
However, there have also been arguments supported his idea, like Golden State Warriors coach, Steve Kerr, who said in an interview that he used medical marijuana to help his back pain and hopes that the league softens their stance on the drug.
Personally, I see where the people for it and against it are coming from and I would want to come up with a compromise for the idea.
Before I get into my opinion, though, here are some of the positives and negatives for those who don’t know. Positively, it can bring euphoria, relaxation, relieve pain, and things along that nature. Negatively, it can bring cognitive impairment, reduced coordination, fatigue, and many others.
I’m agree that players should be allowed to smoke weed in their state, if it’s legalized, as long as it’s not before a game or a practice. I don’t think that players should be coming onto their job, as an athlete, high, because of the lack of coordination and tiredness that it can come with. However, if they want to smoke after the game to take the stress away or pain away, or on a day that they don’t have to worry about playing, then it’s fine. There should be a fine line between when it is or isn’t acceptable, but that’s how I feel that they should do it to make sure the players are still functional during the games.
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