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Adam Silver ‘very interested in the science’ of medical marijuana

NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently expressed a keen interest “in the science when it comes to medical marijuana,” arguably opening the door for the league to at least take a hard look at the notion of players using the drug for pain relief.

In fact, Silver argued that medical marijuana “should be regulated in the same way” other drugs used to treat pain management are handled.

“I would say it’s something we will look at,” Silver recently said. “I’m very interested in the science when it comes to medical marijuana. My personal view is that it should be regulated in the same way that other medications are if the plan is to use it for pain management.

“And it’s something that needs to be discussed with our Players Association, but to the extent that science demonstrates that there are effective uses for medical reasons, we’re open to it. Hopefully there’s not as much pain involved in our sports as some others, so there’s not as much need for it.”

Silver’s take on medical marijuana appears to be a much more liberal one than the one taken by Roger Goodell (more on that here), although the NFL commissioner seems to have since softened his stance on the issue.

Still, Silver clearly is proceeding with caution and his comments certainly are measured in that an interest in research is expressed but not much more, save for articulating his “personal view” but not the league’s.

The societal and legal views on marijuana use — medicinally and otherwise — continue to evolve in this country. All professional sports leagues have little choice outside of at least discussing the issue, if not confronting it head-on.