A few NBA players have been suspended this season for marijuana use, namely J.R. Smith and Larry Sanders. The use of marijuana has become a bit of a hot topic in the professional sports world as a medical alternative to pain killing pills, which tend to have dangerous side effects and are potentially addictive.
The idea has caught a bit of wind in the NFL, a much more physical sport, where current and retired players often struggle to manage intense physical pain. There are certainly pros and cons to the concept, but it wouldn’t be shocking for either league to allow marijuana use for specific purposes.
Plenty of players would surely love this. One of the NBA’s biggest stars, Blake Griffin, says he would vote in favor of allowing medical marijuana use. Via Rolling Stone:
The NFL might let players use medical marijuana to treat pain. If you had a vote, would the NBA do the same?
It doesn’t really affect me, but so many guys would probably benefit from it and not take as many painkillers, which have worse long-term effects. So I would vote yes. I just think it makes sense.
Blake certainly has a point, as too many players have struggled with the side effects of pain killers. For many, the main obstacle is getting over the stigma of allowing marijuana use.
We’ll see if this movement catches any more wind, but it’s interesting to see such a high profile player take a hard stance in favor of allowing it.