Karl-Anthony Towns doesn’t smoke. He doesn’t even drink. Yet he told ESPN that if he were to make one change to the NBA, it would be to remove marijuana from the NBA’s list of banned substances. Towns is a believer in what medical marijuana can do for people.
“You could use the (chemical) properties in it to make a lot of people better,” Towns told ESPN. “That’s something that (NBA commissioner) 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. I think a lot of times fans forget that sometimes there may be some things that are banned that may not be the greatest for playing basketball, but for everyday living off the court, sometimes those things that are legal could help us.”
Towns used much of his 1-on-1 interview with the major national outlet to talk far more about medicinal marijuana than anything about the NBA. He mentioned his work with autistic children, ranging from his girlfriend’s nephew to children at Reed Academy in his home state of New Jersey. He’s seen how the properties of marijuana “can do a lot of good for kids and for adults,” particularly with his girlfriend’s nephew.
“I’ve seen nothing but benefits for him,” Towns told ESPN. “And I’m very happy that he finds comfort. He finds that normalcy every day.
“Obviously I’m speaking not only from reading articles and medical journals,” Towns said Wednesday, “but experience.”
Towns isn’t alone in his belief. David Stern, the former NBA commissioner, recently shared a similar sentiment about marijuana in an interview for a documentary for Uninterrupted.
Interest in medicine is nothing new for Towns, who studied kinesiology in