By Steve Elliott
Former Chicago Bulls guard and three-time Duke All-American basketball star Jay Williams believes it's time for the NBA to get up to date on marijuana.
"It's easy for doctors to prescribe you Oxycontin, and look, I was addicted to it for five years plus so I know," Williams told Jade Scipioni at FoxBusiness.com. "But when you say marijuana you get a reaction, ahh, it's a gateway drug."
Williams estimated that "75 to 80 percent" of NBA players use marijuana.
"You see pictures of guys in California going in and getting their medical marijuana cards," he said. "And I'm not just saying athletes; let's talk about society. I know a lot of people that use it.
It's something that the whole world is becoming more progressive with," Williams said. "So it's about time some of these entities do so as well."
The NBA's "anti-drug" agreement specifies that players are subject to four random drug tests through the season. The tests are conducted by an independent, third-party entity without prior notice to the athlete.
Players who test positive for cannabis and are convicted of the violation will be required to enter a "Marijuana Program." Second offenses result in a $25,000 fine, and third offenses result in a five-game suspension.
“I know so many athletes that play on Percocet," Williams said. "Have you ever taken Percocet by the way? It makes you way more groggy than rubbing cannabis oil into your skin.”