The recreational use of cannibas is banned on the federal level, but is legal in Washington D.C. (along with 11 other states). Major League Baseball doesn't treat it as a banned substance. The National Hockey League has no automatic punishment for a player who tests positive for it. So why is it still on the banned list in the NBA?
When speaking to NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh and Monte Poole for a wide-ranging article on cannibas and the NBA that was published on Thursday, many former and current NBA players questioned the policy.
One-time Wizard player Al Harrington, when speaking to Haberstroh and Poole pointed to the superstars like LeBron James posting themselves with a postgame glass of wine and were celebrated for their good taste.
“This is what bothers me about this conversation,” Harrington said. “People think that players come to the game high. If that were the case, and they were that irresponsible, why don’t players play drunk? We all know there’s a time and place for everything. We go out and compete at the highest level in the world.
“If I’m going to play against Kevin Durant tonight, why would I get as high as I can and come to the game and play Kevin Durant high? It’s so stupid to me. It’s like, you’re policing us like we’re kids. We have access to liquor, it’s the same effect. That’s one of the things that really bothers me about the whole perception that players have access to it, they’re going to come to the games high. We have access to liquor but players don’t show up drunk to games.”
When appearing on a recent podcast, All The Smoke, Durant said that it should be treated more like alcohol or coffee than a banned substance.
“Everybody on my team drinks coffee every day," the Maryland native said. "Taking caffeine every day. Or guys go out to have wine after games or have a little drink here and there. Marijuana should be in that tone,
“Why are we even talking about it? It shouldn’t even be a conversation now. So hopefully we can get past that and the stigma around it and know that it does nothing but make people have a good time, make people hungry, bring people together — that plant brings us all together.”
You can read Haberstroh and Poole's article here.