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Since ex-Golden State Warrior and Denver Nugget Al Harrington let the world in on his new life as a canna-business CEO, using LeBron James’ media platform Uninterrupted to argue for cannabis use in the NBA, reefer has made its way into every nook and cranny of professional basketball. Starting with ex-commissioner David Stern, who was convinced on camera by Harrington’s explanation of CBD, to handfuls of other retired players and working coaches Stan Van Gundy and Steve Kerr, it sure seems like a pro-ganja attitude is continuously spreading across the NBA. But while The King was happy to lend his bandwidth to Harrington for his “Concept of Cannabis” mini-doc, basketball’s active superstars have remained silent on the subject, with crossover celebrities and active stars taking a back seat on the still-controversial drug — until now.
In an in-depth interview with ESPN’s Nick Friedell, Minnesota Timberwolves center and 2016 Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns delved deeply into the subject of medical marijuana in both sports and mainstream society, stating unequivocally that he believes commissioner Adam Silver and the NBA should remove cannabis from the league’s banned substance list.
“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 told ESPN. “These guys, just because we’re NBA athletes, we’re not super humans. Some of us have conditions that could use [medicinal marijuana] to our benefit for everyday living, just taking care of our kids and our families.”
Like so many cannabis supporters before him, Towns, who says he has never tried cannabis in any form, says that his views on the sweet leaf