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U.S.: Former NBA Star Says 80% of Players Use Marijuana

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

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.”

U.S.: New Stock Photos of Recreational Marijuana Users Available In Time For 4/20

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In the Age of Legalization & Decreased Stigma, New Open-License Images Combat Stereotypes and Capture the Responsible, Modern-Day Marijuana Consumer

Recreational marijuana is now legal in Washington, D.C. and four states, a multi-million dollar legal industry is emerging, and marijuana’s mainstreaming is the topic of dozens of daily news stories, but there are very few photos that reflect this changing environment. To combat the outdated (yet still predominant) stereotypic images of people who use marijuana, and encourage news outlets to instead run photos that reflect real modern-day marijuana consumers, the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) released new stock photos on Thursday.

These brand new images are available open license and free of charge for non-commercial editorial purposes. http://www.drugpolicy.org/recreational-stock-photos

“Marijuana is being covered by the media in an increasingly sophisticated and nuanced way now that the laws are changing and more people are ‘out’ as marijuana users,” said Sharda Sekaran, DPA’s managing director of communications. “We all know that many marijuana smokers look more like your Aunt Bettie or your accountant than The Dude from The Big Lebowski; but most images in the public sphere still do not reflect this.”

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