Former NBA Commissioner David Stern made news late last month when he said the NBA should remove marijuana from its banned substance use. That stance was a change in how Stern perceived marijuana, particularly as a form of medical treatment for some conditions.
Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns, in an interview with ESPN.com’s Nick Friedell, says he believes the NBA should allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes in the NBA. Towns, who says he has never smoked the drug himself, often works with those suffering from autism and has seen how it can help that condition. In the interview ESPN.com, Towns notes that marijuana could also be beneficial for some lingering health issues NBA players can face:
“I agree with David Stern with marijuana,” Towns told ESPN. “You don’t have to actually make it ‘Mary J’ [or] ‘Half Baked.’ You don’t have to do it like that, but you could use the [chemical] properties in it to make a lot of people better.
“That’s something that Adam Silver has to do. That’s out of my control, but maybe legalizing marijuana. Not fully legal, where people are chimneys, but using [marijuana] as a beneficial factor as an athlete, as a person living daily.”
Towns, who says he has done some research on the benefits of medicinal marijuana, says the topic is talked about around the league.
“I think it’s discussed,” Towns said. “But I look at it from my experience with it. I’ve never smoked. I’ve never taken a strand. I’ve never taken properties of it, whatever the case may be. But I deal with kids all the time at autistic schools, Reed Academy in New Jersey. My girlfriend has an autistic nephew, and you realize those properties of marijuana can do a lot of good for