Warriors coach Steve Kerr fully supports California's legalization of marijuana

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr supports California’s legalization of marijuana. (AP)
Warriors coach Steve Kerr supports California’s legalization of marijuana. (AP)

Steve Kerr is never shy about sharing his cultural opinions, so when California became the sixth state to legalize recreational marijuana as the calendar turned to 2018, the Golden State Warriors coach doubled down on his endorsement of legalized cannabis when asked about it after Tuesday’s practice.

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It’s been a year since the Warriors coach said he twice tried medical marijuana in recent years to assuage chronic back pain. It didn’t agree with him, but he agrees with it, especially as an alternative medicinal therapy to Vicodin, Oxycontin, Percocet and other addictive prescription painkillers.

California became the first state to legalize medicinal marijuana in November 1996, and 20 years later residents voted to legalize cannabis recreationally. That law took effect on New Year’s Day. Kerr had previously endorsed its medical properties, but he too expanded that to full legalization on Tuesday.

Kerr is merely the latest NBA proponent of marijuana. Former player Clifford Robinson is among those who have dedicated their post-playing careers to promoting the benefits of cannabis. Karl-Anthony Towns took the reins among active players. Former NBA commissioner David Stern, who enacted the NBA’s current drug policy, has changed his tune. And even current commissioner Adam Silver has suggested the league is open to discussing the possibility of approving medical marijuana use.

Why shouldn’t the NBA change its policy, which currently results in a five-game suspension for marijuana consumption only when a player has violated it three times. Currently, eight NBA teams play in cities where cannabis is completely legal, and another 10 play in states where its legal medically. And if a coach can openly discuss trying it, why shouldn’t players be able to do the same?

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