“One of the things I’ve been talking more about in the past several years is mental wellness of our players,” Silver said. “Some guys are smoking pot in the same way some guys would take a drink. Just using it to calm down a little bit or using it to relax, no big deal.”
“On the other hand, there’s guys in the league who are smoking a lot of pot,” he continued. “Then the question becomes, ‘Well, why are you smoking a lot of pot?’ And that’s where mental wellness comes in.”
Silver says he wants to see more research before any decisions could be made. He also addressed the responsibility of the NBA to be aware of the messages being sent to children.
“When we change our policy we have to be really careful because we’re clearly sending a message to young people,” said Silver. “Just like with alcohol, you have to teach young people how to use a substance appropriately and responsibly so it doesn’t overwhelm your life.”
The NBA currently has not removed marijuana or cannabis from their banned substances list. It is still something they are reviewing.