Kevin Durant continues to be a prominent supporter of marijuana’s acceptance in the NBA.
The Nets star, who is currently sidelined for the season rehabbing from a torn Achilles, has been an advocate for removing the recreational drug from the NBA’s banned substance list for quite some time. While appearing on a recent episode of “All The Smoke” on Showtime, Durant expanded upon his stance on weed.
“It’s one of those plants that’s an acquired taste. If you love it, you love it. If you don’t, you’re not even going to be pick it up. It shouldn’t even be a discussion these days,” Durant said. “It’s just like, marijuana is marijuana. It’s not harmful to anybody. It can only help and enhance and do good things. I feel like it shouldn’t even be a huge topic around it anymore.”
Marijuana and its different forms are among over 200 substances that are banned by the NBA.
Having already teamed up with a venture capital firm that specializes in cannabis and partnered with Snoop Dogg to back a marijuana startup called, ‘Dutchie,’ it’s not the first time Durant has shown his support for the plant.
Durant, a 10-time NBA All-Star, believes that the biggest issue is how weed is stigmatized in society today. He made a point to compare it to socially accepted substances like caffeine and liquor.
“Everybody on my team drinks coffee every day. Taking caffeine every day. Or guys go out to have wine after games or have a little drink here and there. Marijuana should be in that tone,” the 31-year-old said. “Why are we even talking about it? It shouldn’t even be a conversation now. So hopefully we can get past that and the stigma around it and know that it does nothing but make people have a good time, make people hungry, make people just come together — that plant brings us all together.”
The MLB removed cannabis from its banned substance list in December and the NHL doesn’t punish players who test positive. Most recently, Heat guard Dion Waiters was suspended 10 games after consuming a weed gummy and then having a panic attack on the team plane.
Other NBA players that have been suspended for marijuana use include Thabo Sefolosha, Nerlens Noel, Larry Sanders and J.R. Smith. However, Durant feels that the stigma on pot use is bigger than basketball.
“We start getting people out of jail for marijuana. That’s the next step,” Durant said. “And just keep going. But it’s a plant that’s put here for a reason, and that’s to bring us together. Hopefully it happens (removing marijuana from the banned substance list), especially in the NBA.”