When asked whether or not medical marijuana was an option for NBA players, NBA Executive Director Michele Roberts recently told SB Nation, "No. It does not exist now. We're exploring it. I think there is some movement toward accepting it as an appropriate use to address pain. But we're not there yet."
To dig deeper into a not-so-simple question, in a recent ESPN segment, Jalen Rose and David Jacoby debate medicinal marijuana in the NBA.
Jalen Rose, when asked whether or not he supported lifting the NBA marijuana ban, responded, "Ultimately, I support it because if the states are legalizing it and found a way to regulate it, then you can't as a private entity try to punish for it."
The NBA is known for disciplining players for marijuana use, and Rose thinks lifting the ban could help that.
David Jacoby on the other hand thinks there would be an opportunity to take advantage of the system if the ban was lifted. He thinks players will "use this as a loophole to use it recreationally much like the people in all of the states that have legalized medicinal marijuana."
Jacoby continued to ignore marijuana's legitimate medical benefits, saying, "it seems like you can just make up anything to get one of those [medical marijuana] cards."
Thankfully, Rose made it a point to mention that some people have found responsible ways to use marijuana for pain. Additionally, Rose made it clear that even if the NBA does lift its marijuana ban that players should still be fined for irresponsibility. "I don't want to see my favorite player on his Instagram now smoking weed." After all, NBA players are role models for kids.
Jalen Rose, now an analyst for ABC/ESPN, is a former 13-year NBA star that has managed to maintain a high profile post retirement thanks to his memorable post-game quotes and great relationships with the media.
David Jacoby is a commentator and senior producer who first joined ESPN in 1999. He is currently the co-host of Jalen & Jacoby, and has also served as a guest host on other ESPN programs, including SportsNation.
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