Although twenty-three states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont) and the District of Columbia currently have laws decriminalizing marijuana in some form, federally it is still illegal to use the plant.
This conundrum makes it hard on athletes who like to dabble in the drug, whether recreationally or medically because the three major leagues in the US have strict guidelines prohibiting the use of the plant.
In a recent poll conducted by TMZ, 100% of the NBA players they asked wanted the drug to be legalized.
One player (whom shall remain nameless) chimed in to add his 2cents to the debate,
"The NBA shouldn't advertise for it, but I don't see an issue if a player uses [with a prescription]."
While another added,
"How can you tell a guy with a prescription not to use it?? They should be allowed to have their medicine."
The protest for the legalization of the drug will continue to grow, but a change in the topic seems like a long-shot. There is still a slither of hope for the debate and could potentially be put on the table during the NBA's 2017 collective bargaining session.
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