Marijuana has become a highly debated topic among professional athletes and the rules under which players are governed. With leagues handing out suspensions and mandatory substance-abuse programs for marijuana, which has been legalized in nearly half of the United States for medical use, there seems to be conflicting opinions about how to handle usage among active athletes.
According to a recent poll by TMZ, NBA players believe that the league should allow for them to use medical marijuana. The poll asked 10 active players how they felt about the current rules of the NBA and the legalization of marijuana.
According to the anonymous TMZ poll, 100 percent of the participants believe it is time to allow NBA players to medicate with cannabis. Similar opinions have been voiced by professional athletes in the NFL.
With the physical nature of professional sports and the injuries that arise from that lifestyle, medical marijuana is a viable option for players in legal states that need relief from pain. As one player told TMZ:
“How can you tell a guy with a prescription not to use it? They should be allowed to have their medicine.”
TMZ contacted the NBA Players Association (NBAPA) about the issue. A statement from the association reported that “the issue could be on the table at the next collective bargaining session in 2017.” It is too early, at this time, to know if members of the NBAPA will want to address this issue in the next bargaining session.
While the poll offers a small sample size for a much larger organization, it makes for an interesting discussion considering these 10 athletes also unanimously supported the legalization of cannabis. It doesn’t seem that players are asking for recreational use to be permitted for players during the season yet, but just to have the option for medical help. As one of the polled players said:
“The NBA shouldn’t advertise for it, but I don’t see an issue if a player uses (with a prescription).”
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