Karl-Anthony Towns: Time for NBA to Allow Medical Cannabis

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns celebrates a three-point shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, in Miami. Towns scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves as they defeated the Heat 125-122 in overtime. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns believes the NBA should permit the use of medicinal marijuana.

In an interview with ESPN published Wednesday, the 22-year-old Towns said he agrees with former NBA Commissioner David Stern’s stance that the drug should be removed from the league’s banned substance list. Towns raised the issue when asked by an ESPN reporter what change he would make if he were in NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s place.

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Towns told reporters in Minnesota before the game Wednesday against San Antonio that his experiences working with autistic children and his research into the medicinal benefits of cannabis have helped shape his belief. He said he hoped to help erase the “bad stigma” about the drug, which he said he has never used.