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Adam Silver keeping open mind on use of medical marijuana for player pain management

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As society’s feelings on marijuana evolve toward legalization — sorry to disappoint the Attorney General but look at any poll on marijuana legalization broken down by age, he is in the fading old guard — professional sports leagues are going to have to deal with it.

Currently, the NBA still tests for marijuana use, and if a player tests positive he is placed in a treatment program, and from there can go to fines and being suspended games for future positive tests.

But what about marijuana for medicinal use? In a league where pain killers and anti-inflammatories are common place, could there be a more herbal method? NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has an open mind, as reported on the NBA Reddit page. Here is the quote.

That’s a smart approach.

There are medical questions to be answered. There certainly would be some negotiations about how this would work in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Basically, a lot of lawyers are going to sit around a table and hash out a lot of rules.

However, if marijuana is helping players deal with pain management or other issues related to the game, isn’t using it to help better than pumping bodies full of chemicals?