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Former Denver Nuggets star and current Big3 champion Al Harrington teamed up with Undisputed for a short documentary about how he got into the marijuana industry.

Harrington said a botched surgery led him to discover CDB, a cannabis extract used to treat inflammation.


“How I started using cannabis, is when I played for the Denver Nuggets I had a botched knee surgery that I ended up getting a staph injection. Ended up having to get four more surgeries just to clean the infection out. You know, I was on all kinds of pain meds. This lady that runs this university, she seen all of the medicine that I had on the thing and she said ‘Al, have you ever tried CBD?’ And I was just like, ‘nah I never really tried’ and she gave me a couple of things to try and I immediately felt the difference.”

Harrington even meets with former commissioner of the NBA, David Stern, to discuss the changing perspective on marijuana around the country and whether or not the league is ready to soften their stance on recreational and medical marijuana use. Stern, known for being a very conservative, law and order type presence, gives a surprising answer.

The NBA has been a fairly progressive league relative to league’s like the NFL or MLB so it seems inevitable that changes are coming to how the league handles marijuana use. With legalization becoming more and more prevalent around the country, and with what we know about prescription pain medications leading to addiction and abuse, the league might finally be ready to explore allowing marijuana use.