Karl-Anthony Towns agrees with David Stern’s stance on marijuana
Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Karl-Anthony Towns indicated during a recent interview that he agrees with former NBA commissioner David Stern’s progressive stance on why the league should reexamine its policies regarding marijuana.
“I agree with David Stern with marijuana. 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,” Towns told ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “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.
“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.”
Stern in a recent interview argued that the NBA should remove marijuana from its banned substances list — at least from a medicinal standpoint — stating in part, “There is universal agreement that marijuana for medical purposes should be completely legal.”
Towns stated legalized marijuana is discussed among players before adding he’s never smoked or used marijuana in any capacity.
That said, Towns added in his comments that working with autistic children has educated him on the benefits of medical marijuana. But Towns also branched out by indicating adults, including NBA players, could benefit from medical marijuana as well, saying, “Some of us have conditions that could use [medical marijuana] to our benefit for everyday living, just taking care of our kids and our families.”
The NBA’s treatment of marijuana, as is the case in other professional sports, is currently at an interesting point in light of rapidly evolving views on marijuana — both in its recreational and medicinal use — in American society. There’s no telling where the NBA goes from here, but Commissioner Silver has made some intriguing comments on the subject that may indicate a change could be coming.