NBA commissioner David Stern is in favor of removing marijuana from the league's banned substances list.
"I'm now at the point where, personally, I think [marijuana] probably should be removed from the ban list," Stern said while speaking with former NBA player Al Harrington. "I think there is universal agreement that marijuana for medical purposes should be completely legal."
Harrington, who has become a marijuana entrepreneur and advocate -- including for using it as pain relief, said he believes that coaches and owners are consuming marijuana as well as players.
"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," Harrington said. "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."
Stern added that the CBA would need to be changed in advance of removing marijuana from the list.
"It's a completely different perception," Stern added about the drug. "I think we have to change the Collective Bargaining Agreement and let you do what is legal in your state. If marijuana is now in the process of being legalized, I think you should be allowed to do what's legal in your state."