Article by David Yasvinski, Growth Op
The NBA may finally be getting with the times when it comes to cannabis.
Former NBA commissioner David Stern, the man who wrote the league’s cannabis policy, said it is time to end the outright ban on the drug, particularly in light of the opioid crisis.
“I think it’s time to take a whole new look at it,” Stern told CNBC at the SeventySix Capital Sports Innovation Conference and Pitch Competition in Philadelphia. He said the rise of medical cannabis for the treatment of pain, anxiety and other issues forced him to reassess his views about the drug.
“In many cases in sports, the opioid crisis begins with players being prescribed pills for their pain, and if there is another substance, whether it be CBD or THC that eases pain, then I’m all for it.”
NBA players are currently required to undergo four random drug tests during the season. Suspensions are routinely handed out to those found with marijuana, or agents that mask the presence of marijuana, in their system.
Stern said the restrictions were necessary at the time because players complained that others were getting high before and during games. “You don’t want players drinking beer at halftime,” he said. “And you don’t want them smoking joints at halftime. But if it’s a controlled usage and has a viable, legitimate use, why not?”