Former Chicago Bulls guard and three-time Duke All-American Jay Williams says it’s about time the NBA gets more progressive when it comes to marijuana. He suspects 75 to 80 percent of athletes use marijuana in the NBA.
“It’s easy for doctors to prescribe you Oxycontin and look I was addicted to it for five plus years so I know,” Williams tells FOXBusiness.com. “But when you say marijuana, you get a reaction, ahhh, it’s a gateway drug.
“You see pictures of guys in California going in and getting their medical marijuana cards,” he continues. “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.”
It is recorded 23 states have legalized cannabis for medical purposes, but any use of the marijuana is banned by the NBA. According to the NBA, the anti-drug agreement settles in with players, who are subject to four random tests throughout the season, and are conducted by an independent, third-party entity without prior notice to the athlete. Most of the time, when a player does test positive for marijuana and convicted, he is required to enter the Marijuana Program. A second offense results in a $25,000 fine and the third is a five-game suspension.
“I know so many athletes that play on Percocet. Have you ever taken Percocet, by the way? It makes you way more groggy than rubbing cannabis oil into your skin,” Williams adds. “It’s demonized in society, too. Oh, he’s a pot head. No, I actually just use cannabis oil because it helps with inflammation and takes away some anxiety.”