After the NFL announced that it was studying the possibility of using marijuana as a pain treatment for players, the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has revealed that they too are considering the matter.
While the Commissioner was non-committal about when the rule changes would be made, he did admit that the matter was up for discussion with NBAPA (NBA Players Association).
Any changes to the marijuana rules of the NBA can only come as an inclusion in the collective bargaining agreement signed with the players association. However, the commissioner says that the players haven’t reached a consensus on the matter, so more discussions are needed to get everyone on board.
Commissioner Silver revealed that some players are concerned that if a teammate gets on the court while high on marijuana, such as player could let down the entire team by not giving the game their all.
Silver also said that in his opinion, there was nothing wrong with a player taking some cannabis as a way of winding down after a major game. To him, this is no different than taking a drink, and he feels that the NBA hasn’t moved with the times in permitting such social use of marijuana.
Silver is also open to looking into the medical uses, such as pain relief, of cannabis for NBA players. This is major attitude shift from the position he held two years ago when he told the press that he saw no need to amend the NBA policies to accommodate medical marijuana.
While the commissioner hasn’t made any firm commitments regarding reforming the cannabis policy of the league, the good news is that he is open to the possibility. However, any changes to be made are likely to take a few more years before coming into force since the current collective bargaining agreement with the association of players is still in force until the 2023/24 season comes to an end.
All the same, the fact that the NBA and other sports associations are looking into the potential benefits of marijuana is good news to advocates since such associations have always been notoriously conservative.
The Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) and The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF) hope that the NFL updates its marijuana rules next year as is widely expected. This will open the way for other associations to follow this lead and update their own policies as well so that players enjoy the benefits of marijuana.
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