Karl-Anthony Towns: NBA Should Legalize Marijuana

by November 17, 2017

Karl-Anthony-Towns says the NBA should remove marijuana from its list of banned substances.

Towns, 22, doesn’t smoke or drink.

The big fella agrees with former NBA commissioner David Stern’s stance on the benefits of medical marijuana.


If you’re commissioner Adam Silver and could make one change to the rules in the NBA, what would it be?


Towns: “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. 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.”


Is the legalization of marijuana discussed among players?


Towns: “Yeah, I think it’s discussed. But I look at it from my experience with it. I’ve never smoked, I’ve never taken a strand, I’ve never taken properties of it, whatever the case may be. But I deal with kids all the time at autistic schools, Reed Academy in New Jersey. My girlfriend has an autistic nephew, and you realize those properties of marijuana can do a lot of good for kids and for adults. 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.”

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