David Stern thinks medical marijuana shouldn't be on banned list

Harrington 37 played for seven NBA teams and is now invested in the marijuana industry

In a recent interview with former National Basketball Association star Al Harrington, Stern said marijuana "probably should be removed from the banned substance list".

"I'm now at the point where, personally, I think [marijuana] probably should be removed from the ban list", Stern said (h/t Sports Illustrated).

"I think that if medical marijuana is available, then it's up to the individual team doctor", concedes Stern.

Former NBA player (and Big3 League champion) Al Harrington recently linked up with Uninterrupted to produce a 14-minute documentary which takes a look at his cannabis extract company.

Stern, 75, says that the perception of marijuana has changed, and he believes that the NBA's Collective Bargaining agreement should be altered to allow players to use marijuana if it is legal in their state.

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.

Marijuana is now legal in all forms in eight states and the District of Columbia, and decriminalized or allowed for medicinal purposes is many more. He said players were showing up to games high so the league had to "tighten it up".

Stern said that the National Basketball Association - 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 think in sports it's very prevalent and it's right there, ' Harrington said. The NBA, however, now has a strict ban on all types of marijuana - although it has a three-strike penalty program that doesn't lead to a suspension until failing a drug test for a third time.

In June, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum for a piece on The Players' Tribune the league had no plans to alter its marijuana policy.

Harrington has advocated medicinal marijuana and used a derivative called CBD to treat knee inflammation during his playing days. In the doc, Harrington also has a conversation with former National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern to discuss marijuana reform for medical purposes within the league. You know, I was on all kinds of pain meds.

For Harrington, whose seven-year career lead him to live in cannabis hotspots including Denver, Washington D.C., and Oakland, retiring from the National Basketball Association hasn't been a burden as it has for some of his peers, but instead an opportunity to begin anew.



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