Former NBA Commissioner David Stern believes it time for the NBA to loosen up its marijuana policy.
Stern made the claim in an interview for Uninterrupted with Al Harrington, who played 16 years in the NBA and is now an entrepreneurial marijuana grower in Colorado. Harrington believes "over 70 percent" of professional athletes – and some coaches and owners – smoke marijuana.
Stern said he'd support rewriting the Collective Bargaining Agreement so that medical marijuana can be prescribed to players by team doctors.
In terms of recreational use, Stern says the NBA should allow it if it's legalized in a player's state.
"I'm now at the point where, personally, I think [weed] probably should be removed from the ban list," Stern said.
Recreational marijuana has been legalized in eight states, but teams are still allowed to punish players because NBA rules supersede state law.
Stern said his opinion about marijuana was changed dramatically by Dr. Sanjay Gupta's extensive investigation into the drug, and his belief that marijuana laws are outdated.
Here's the part of the NBA's CBA outlining banned substances.