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Al Harrington believes 80 percent of NBA players consume cannabis

Former NBA power forward Al Harrington believes 80 percent of NBA players in today’s game consume cannabis.

Harrington, who used cannabis during his playing career, is hopeful that the NBA will stop punishing players for using marijuana.

Via Tom Haberstroh of NBC Sports:

At the tail end of his NBA career, Harrington used CBD oils and creams to help him with pain management and inflammation, choosing THC-less products that would not trigger a positive test. Harrington, who hasn’t touched opioids even after several knee surgeries since 2012, sought the meeting with Stern to see if he would be open to have a conversation about separating marijuana from harder drugs.

Harrington, who believes 80 percent of NBA players consume cannabis in some form, is hopeful that the NBA will stop punishing players for using marijuana. He hangs on a line that Stern told him that day: “I think it’s up to the sports leagues to anticipate where this is going and maybe lead the way.”

Marijuana is legal in Colorado and Illinois. However, players on the Denver Nuggets and Chicago Bulls would get in trouble by the NBA, not the law, for using cannabis.

Al Harrington played 16 seasons in the NBA. He averaged 13.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists while shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free-throw line.

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