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Blake Griffin advocates for legalization of marijuana in NBA

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In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Los Angeles forward Blake Griffin voiced his support for the NBA to investigate the use of medical marijuana as a pain reliever.

“It doesn’t really affect me, but so many guys would probably benefit from it and not take as many painkillers, which have worse long-term effects. So I would vote yes. I just think it makes sense.”

Griffin hasn’t been the only one to make the push, as Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders was suspended for five games this season from testing positive for marijuana.

While Sanders took the punishment, he stated that he believes in the benefits of the drug through the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“It’s a banned substance in my league. But I believe in marijuana and the medical side of it. I know what it is if I’m going to use it. In a lot of ways we’ve been deprived, you can’t really label it with so many other drugs that people can be addicted to and have so many negative effects on your body and your family and your relationships and impairment. This is not the same thing.”

Marijuana is legal for use in Colorado and Washington, but is still an illegal substance in all other states. 

 

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Michael Ma

Michael became a basketball writer for Fansided.com in 2012, and is the editor of Houston Rockets blog Space City Scoop. He was also an NBA contributor for Yahoo, and has been a basketball junkie since the illegal defense rule was still in effect.