Players aren’t dopes for using medical marijuana

 In Health, Medical Marijuana, National News

Steve Kerr’s headaches were so bad that he saw spots. He had to grab the nearest wall or chair to keep from toppling over.

So Kerr did what anyone would do in that situation. He tried to stop the pain. He didn’t care that it broke workplace rules.

His employer is the NBA, and his medication was marijuana.


Golden State’s coach tried weed twice in the past 18 months. He’s sorry to report that it did not help him deal with the agonizing complications from back surgery.

But Kerr has no regrets, NBA rules notwithstanding.

“Having done the research, it was well worth the try,” he said.

Kerr made the admission over the weekend and it ignited a topic that needs some airing out. Medical marijuana could give relief and hope to countless athletes, but there’s one big problem.

“It’s a perception issue around the country,” Kerr said. ” NFL, NBA, it’s a business. So you don’t want your customers thinking these guys are a bunch of potheads.”

So it’s better to have players, especially in the NFL, get doped up on painkillers. As bad as Vicodin and OxyContin are, they don’t conjure up images of players getting high in Snoop Dogg’s limo after the game.

That would be bad for business. But as Kerr suggested, do some research.

We’re not talking recreational marijuana. Whether healthy citizens should be able to smoke that is a different issue.

We’re talking medical marijuana, which is for not-so-healthy citizens looking to get relief, not stoned.


Photo credit: Ben Margot / AP

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