OAKLAND — Former NBA commissioner David Stern said the league should allow its players to use marijuana for medicinal purposes in a Al Harrington documentary, “The Concept of Cannabis,” a viewpoint Warriors coach Steve Kerr agreed with on Wednesday night.
“I do think it’ll happen eventually,” said Kerr prior to Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Raptors.
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Kerr, who has admitted to using the drug in the past, specifically during his rehabilitation from back surgery in 2015, said the drug is a healthy alternative to common pain remedies such as opiods.
The tricky part in the institution of the drug, according to Kerr, will be the perception of the drug by the league’s fanbase. However, Kerr admits there’s one thing that may overrule the opinions of the fans.
“The perception of the fans is important,” said Kerr. “In terms of selling our business, but the health of the players should be the most important thing.”
Still, Kerr was sure to note that though he is a proponent of the medicinal use of the drug, recreational usage is a different story.
“I don’t think it makes sense for everybody to use recreational marijuana, I do think it makes sense to use it for specific injuries. I don’t know how that happens or manifests itself, but it would be wise to look into it and I think every sports league would.”