Blake Griffin Comments on Possibility of NBA Allowing Use of Medical Marijuana

Tim KeeneyContributor IApril 17, 2014

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin looks at the ball in the air after he bounced it high while reacting to being called for a foul against the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, April 12, 2014. The Clippers won 117-101. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Danny Moloshok

In the ongoing debate surrounding whether or not the NBA should allow the use of medical marijuana, you can go ahead and consider Blake Griffin on the "pro" side. 

The Los Angeles Clippers' high-flying forward recently talked to Rolling Stone's Rob Tannenbaum (H/T about the issue: 

It doesn't really affect me, but so many guys would probably benefit from it and not take as many painkillers, which have worse long-term effects. So I would vote yes. I just think it makes sense.

The sale of marijuana is legal in the states of Colorado and Washington, while several other states allow possession and sale of medical marijuana. As it becomes more widely accepted, it continues to develop into more of a hot-button issue in the sports world. 

Before Griffin, Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders advocated the use of medical marijuana shortly after being hit with a five-game suspension for violation of the NBA's Anti-Drug Program. 

He told's Steve Aschburner:

I will deal with the consequences from it. It’s a banned substance in my league. But I believe in marijuana and the medical side of it.

I know what it is if I’m going to use it. I study it and I know the benefits it has. In a lot of ways we’ve been deprived. You can’t really label it with so many other drugs that people can be addicted to and have so many negative effects on your body and your family and your relationships and impairment. This is not the same thing.

The discussion has moved to the gridiron, as well. 

In January, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, when asked about the use of medical marijuana, said he would be open to finding ways to "take care of our players in the best way possible."

Not long after that, safety Ryan Clark gave his views on the matter:

So, Griffin certainly isn't the first athlete to touch on this subject, and you can bet he certainly won't be the last. 

While there are certainly opinions that fall on both sides of the spectrum when it comes to this matter, a recent poll by CBS News revealed that 86 percent of Americans believe medical marijuana should be legalized. 

As more research about the positive effects continues to be conducted, the growing consensus seems to be moving in that particular direction—and that applies to major sports, as well. 

Don't expect any major changes soon, but as more high-profile players like Griffin continue to make their opinion heard, that could get the ball rolling at a significantly faster pace.