The NBA remains strict against marijuana, but former Chicago Bulls guard Jay Williams thinks the league should start reconsidering their position about the drug, particularly its use for medicinal purposes.
After all, Williams claims that about 75 to 80 percent of players in the NBA use marijuana.
Speaking to Jade Scipioni of FOX Business, the 36-year-old and three-time Duke All-American revealed the surprising figure and said that it’s about time for the league to be “more progressive” when it comes to cannabis.
“You see pictures of guys in California going in and getting their medical marijuana cards. And I’m not just saying athletes, let’s talk about society. I know a lot of people that use it. It’s something that the whole world is becoming more progressive with. So it’s about time some of these entities do as well,” he adds.
“I’m not condoning for anyone under 18 to use cannabis or marijuana, but from a medical perspective, it’s about time some of these brands like the NBA and MLB become a little bit more progressive and start thinking forward instead of being held captive in the past.”
Currently, 29 states have legalized the use of medical marijuana. However, there’s still no action from the NBA about possibly altering their rules on punishing players who will be tested positive for weed.
League Commissioner Adam Silver is adamant about making changes right now considering that marijuana is still illegal in some states. Though, he recently said that they are going to look into how they can regulate it if it’s for pain management.
It remains to be seen if the league will soon take action about this issue as it’s still quite taboo. However, as more players and former athletes speak about it’s benefit, the NBA might just finally make their move.