Steve Kerr, Head Coach of the Golden State Warriors hopes to advocate for Cannabis in the NBA

Steve Kerr says he uses marijuana for back pain and hopes to advocate for the league to soften the stance on pot. He hopes to remove Cannabis from the category that bundles Marijuana and Performance enhancing drugs together(as anyone who's ever used cannabis can attest that Cannabis in no way enhances Athletic Performance).Last week Steve Kerr, Head Coach of the Golden State Warriors was featured on a CSN Bay Area podcast where he shared his feelings on cannabis."I guess maybe I could even get in some trouble for this, but I've actually tried marijuana twice during the last year and a half when I've been going through this pain, this chronic pain that I've been dealing with" – Kerr told host Monte Poole.Coach Kerr went on to say that he hopes other professional sports leagues will soften their stances on marijuana use, believing it is a better alternative than the dangerous painkillers players are given to treat their chronic injuries."And yet, athletes everywhere are prescribed Vicodin(an over prescribed highly addictive synthetic opiate) like it's Vitamin C, like it's no big deal. As we all know, there's a giant misconception in our country that the "over-the-counter drugs" are "fine" but pot is bad. With the up-surge and general interest in Natural holistic alternatives to conventional medicine increasing it's become apparent that…. Now, things are changing, in a big way."You're seeing the change in these laws being talked about in different states, including California, Nevada, Florida, Colorado, Washington, Alaska and many others. But I would just hope that sports leagues are able to look past the perception. I'm sure the NFL is worried that their fans are going to go, 'All the players are potheads.'"In an interview with GQ from 2014, NBA commissioner Adam Silver gave his thoughts on marijuana use in the NBA:"This is a policy matter, and it's our strong preference that our players do not consume marijuana. We believe it will affect their performance on the court. That said, marijuana testing is something that's collectively bargained with the players' association, and we adjust to the times."Kerr said he thought it was only a matter of time before bans on marijuana are lifted and accepted socially. He feels strongly that it would be more beneficial, rather than a performance and health detriment."Again, without being an expert on it, but I know enough, especially over the last couple of years having gone through my own bout with chronic pain, I know enough about this stuff. Vicodin is not good for you. It's not. It's way worse for you than pot," Kerr said.Steve Kerr is the NBA Coach of the Year in 2016, and is probably the most high profile sports figure to advocate for changes to the leagues marijuana policy. It's also possible Coach Kerr has particularly focused his comments on the NFL, as it is much more of a high-collision sport where players could benefit most from the medicinal properties of marijuana and where change is the most needed. However, their drug policy is the strictest among professional sports.Just this week, the NFL suspended a player 10 games for using doctor-prescribed marijuana to treat the symptoms of his Chrohn's disease.Considering some of the lighter punishments handed out to players for violent offenses, like domestic violence. Hopefully Steve Kerr's comments will inspire others in professional sports to be supporters of sensible marijuana policy.
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