Op-Ed by C J Oakes, December 2, 2016
In case you missed it, the Golden State Warriors completed their 2015-2016 season by breaking the record set by the Chicago Bulls way back in the 90s. But you would not be alone. The Warriors Coach Steve Kerr also missed it. Kerr missed the final part of the season because of a back injury and in a recent interview mentioned how marijuana helped him through it.
How Did Marijuana Help Kerr?
For decades, marijuana has been demonized. It has been termed a gateway drug to other abuse (proven false), said to cause sterilization in men (proven false), and said to destroy brain cells (proven false), and make users violent (proven patently false). Finally, we have been told how dangerous marijuana is, yet to date, no deaths have been attributed to the drug. Dangerous indeed.
On the flip side, numerous scientific studies point to the medicinal benefits from smoking or otherwise consuming marijuana. Steve Kerr, it seems, found this out first-hand. He is part of a growing body of leaders in America who have tried Cannibas for medical reasons and found relief.
In the interview, Kerr mentioned that the Cannibas helped him through chronic pain. Of course, he could have taken pharmaceutical pain-killers, but good for him he did not. Pharmaceuticals are known by even the DOJ to be real killers.
Will Steve Kerr be Penalized by the NBA for His Admission of Marijuana Use?
During the interview, Kerr noted that although he researched the matter, he is unsure whether there will be disciplinary actions as a result of his admission. He also noted that had he been drug tested during the period in which he used marijuana, he would have failed the test. That would have almost certainly resulted in some form of penalty by the NBA.
Currently, the NBA penalizes athletes caught testing positive for marijuana use, even if obtained legally. It seems the NBA continues to believe that prescription pain-killers are good, marijuana bad.
The NBA is wrong. Science and all existing evidence proves the case.
Should Steven Kerr be Punished by the NBA for Marijuana Use?
The NBA should not punish coach Steve Kerr or any other member of its organization for using marijuana. The substance is no more harmful than tobacco or alcohol. In fact, considering that even the United States Department of Justice recognizes (without directly stating so) that marijuana is the safest of all consumable drugs (including aspirin), the time for penalizing users of marijuana, especially medical users should be over. It’s just common sense.
But common sense has never prevailed in the upper echelons of society. The situation is reminiscent of that facing the kings and queens of Europe and Asia during the 19th Century. To keep bloodlines pure, intermarriage between close relatives was the norm among the nobility. As a result, many in the Royal families had diseases which shortened lives and limited child-bearing. It was a form of natural selection, a culling of the diseased herd if you will.
The situation today does not involve interbreeding, but those at the top of the rungs of society maintain mindsets which resemble herds of sheep rather than shepherds.
By stepping into the light and admitting what he learned first-hand about the proper use of marijuana, Steve Kerr has moved from being a winning coach of an awesome NBA team to a national leader. He should be applauded, not punished.
Sadly, however, the heads of the NBA will likely not see it that way. Time will tell how this will play out, but America will be watching.
Just How ‘Dangerous’ is Marijuana, Especially Compared to…?
At one time, the Department of Justice had a listing of deaths from various drugs on its website. It no longer does. Instead, it does provide an annual report which discusses deaths from other substances, such as prescription pain-killers, but is silent on the subject regarding marijuana.
Perhaps the reason is because there are none. This is asked and answered in a DEA publication,
“What are its (marijuana) overdose effects? No death from overdose of marijuana has been reported.”
In fact, according to the DOJ, in 2015 and several preceeding years, deaths resulting from prescription pain-killers exceed those of Heroin and Cocaine COMBINED. Yet, the NBA would have likely preferred Steve Kerr take prescription drugs rather than marijuana. In fact, based on their punitive regulations regarding its players, they would prefer they take the clearly more dangerous choice.
One would think, if only from a fiscal perspective, an organization such as the NBA would prefer their money-makers use the safer alternative to the increasingly dangerous and harmful, though legal substances. But that requires using common sense.
Hmm, maybe there is some inbreeding going on.