NBA and NORML Joining Forces To Achieve Mutual Goals? Not As Far Fetched As It Sounds

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director October 6, 2008

    In today’s McClatchy Newspapers, sports columnist Jan Hubbard touches upon a genuinely unexplored and not-totally-absurd suggestion that NBA Commissioner David Stern and NORML partner to solve an ongoing and seemingly never-ending problem: ending cannabis prohibition in America.

    While Hubbard may have had tongue firmly in cheek, the suggestion that it is PROHIBITION, not the responsible use of cannabis by NBA players—similar to the current alcohol, tobacco and prescription drug use policy that NBA players, like most every worker in the country, work under—there is an obvious mutuality and bridge to gap between the cannabis law reform community and professional sports associations, like the cannabis-laden NBA.

    I assume recent cannabis arrestee and #9 pick in the 2007 NBA draft Joakim Noah would agree with Hubbard!

    It would seem to make sense for the NBA’s next social endeavor to join forces with NORML – aka the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.Can you imagine how many of the NBA’s image problems would be eliminated if marijuana were legal?

    Radio interviews would be delightfully boring. The rookie transition program could have 100 percent attendance. Players trying to sneak marijuana on a plane by wrapping it in foil would not be stopped by a metal detector.

    For the NBA, legalizing marijuana is the equivalent of outer space in Star Trek. It’s the final frontier. It’s a chance for Stern to boldly go where no commissioner has gone.

    (For those of you not blessed with a sense of humor or the ability to spot tongue lodged in cheek, please do not take the preceding suggestion too seriously).

    17 responses to “NBA and NORML Joining Forces To Achieve Mutual Goals? Not As Far Fetched As It Sounds”

    1. RevRayGreen says:

      GAME ON !!!!!!

    2. Wife of Laker Fan says:

      Marijuana prohibition began partly out of white fears about black men. I don’t think we’re afraid of black men any more. I think we’ve been blessed by so many supremely talented black men in our culture that we’ve been more or less persuaded to let go of that fear. So maybe that means something for the marijuana laws too.

    3. JM82 says:

      Support from the NBA would really be something for the war on Cannabis. Great story.

    4. GoldenGoblin says:

      Would be a great vehicle for more mainstream game changing!
      /no excusing the pun

    5. SirSmokesALot says:

      In the Josh Howard ESPN radio thing on youtube (linked in the main article), Josh makes a good point. During the season he “goes out there are performs” just like many of us to 9-5 at work. Most people who use marijuana are responsible individuals and should not be penalized for the other end of the spectrum. End prohibition now! For NBA players AND the rest of us!

    6. Why it's illegal?! says:

      Check this out

      Why It’s Illegal?!

    7. Arlington, Tx says:

      This would be great news if they did combine to assist with marijuana and to let everyone know it’s not as bad as everyone thinks.

      The NBA would be norml’s biggest allie. good luck norml

    8. Rick says:

      I had heard a while ago that the NBA doesn’t test for marijuana. Does anyone out there know if this is true?

    9. Brandon says:

      Only rookies get tested.

    10. IMHUMAN says:

      NBA could be a great avenue to get this subject on the map of political discussion in the main arena. Hoping for the best results — LEGALIZE AND REGULATE — Put the dealers out of business and stop raiding houses by SWAT teams.