On Monday, California became the nation’s sixth state to legalize marijuana. That following Tuesday afternoon, Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed support for the drug.
Legalization of marijuana is expected to bring in more than $5 billion to the state’s economy, according to a 2017 state-sponsored study. Dispensaries opened throughout the Bay Area on Jan. 1 to long lines, with some waiting outside of Berkeley Patients Group lined up at 4 a.m. California legalized the recreational use of marijuana through the passage of 2016’s Proposition 64. And now actors, athletes, and spokesmodels are following in line to join. Newest to fame is Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors.
“I’m a proponent of it. I do feel strongly that [marijuana] is a much better option than some of the prescription drugs. I know that it’s helping a lot of people, which is great.”
Steve Kerr has an alternative to opioids.
Kerr admitted to using marijuana as an alternative to opioids during his rehabilitation from back surgery in 2015. In addition, he admitted the drug didn’t help the pain. Still, Kerr advocates for marijuana’s usage over prescription medication.
In October, Kerr had expressed optimism that drug would one day be legalized in the NBA.
“I do think it’ll happen eventually,” Kerr said prior to an Oct. 25 matchup against the Toronto Raptors.
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Kerr isn’t the only high-profile NBA figure to support legal medical marijuana use. Former NBA commissioner David Stern and current Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns have both publicly supported legalizing medical marijuana.
Stern, who previously tightened the NBA rules on marijuana, admitted in October that he had changed his thoughts on the subject. Stern stated that cannabis “probably should be removed from the banned list” at some point.
The tricky part in the institution of the drug, according to Kerr, would be the perception of the drug by the league’s fanbase. However, Kerr admitted there’s one thing that may overrule the opinions of the fans.
“The perception of the fans is important,” said Kerr. “In terms of selling our business, but the health of the players should be the most important thing.”