I like to read the Player’s Tribune, rather than the newspaper. Call me the “millennial” version of the Baby Boomers.

As I read through, I always have my eye on the basketball writings, as that’s my passion and interest. Then, I come across the article by Al Harrington.

I am a firm believer in Deja Vu and this was one of them. Just a few days ago, I’m catching up on my Jalen and Jacoby podcast as I travel to and from work. Guess who’s the guest host whole Jalen is out? Yep, Al Harrington.

He speaks on the exact issue in this article, the benefits of Cannabis for medical/pain relief. I read this article and it outlines the same things that he elaborated on in the podcast.

The Player’s Tribune: Al Harrington

What I love about Al’s insight is that there is a seriously valid point here. Why in the United States do we not have a universal law for all states on the use of cannabis? Why are we chastising one group of individuals with a preconceived notion that they are the highest, most frequent users and dealers? It’s an interesting topic I think we need to look deeper into, which is why I write this.

I also want to hear back from my readers and even those who haven’t before. Please read this one!

I also can see and understand his statistic that the racial usage of Cannabis does not vary much, but there is a clear racial status that is criminally charged most for the use of it. Why is this? I think a question we all need to sit back and ask ourselves. I can venture to say that this is not due to most of that racial population (African Americans) living in states that cannabis is not legal. That’s just unrealistic. It obviously is not that the usage by them is in larger quantities, as that is unrealistic as well. There is a clear issue at hand that remedies and conversations about reform should be had.

As Al talks of this, he also brings the story of his grandmother’s run-in with cannabis and how that eased her physical pain. A woman who NEVER used any type of drug or alcohol is using this today to relieve her medical hardships and listen to this. IT’S WORKING!

I can agree that in my childhood, this was seen as an awful drug you don’t touch. The world we live in today has found many medical ways in which it can be used, or even as Al mentioned a strand of cannabis that he uses without the THC side that gets you high. Why can we not as a country see the value in this?

Also, there is a severe epidemic of more potent and life-threatening drugs like heroin right now that our focus on cannabis is something of little need, if used and distributed in ways that remove the THC and allow for stress-relieving or medical needs

I digress. These are things that we can work to change, but ultimately are at the hands of legislation to pass. And in our current state of government, that could be a while.

The other issue Harrington mentions is the one that should be focused on by the general population in more depth and reflection. The racial groups being targeted, for whatever reason, on such a higher level with he association to criminal use of cannabis. When as a society and law enforcement are we able to meet in the middle and realize this drug compared to meth and heroin is far less threatening and has actual potential benefits to society if the correct strands are distributed and issued are far greater? A question that doesn’t have a direct, quick remedy, but at least we can start exploring and allowing the dialogue between us all.

I also realize the current usage that is already being distributed and sold by drug dealers does have the THC and not used for the reasons above. This is the effort that law enforcement uses to reduce. But let’s start to realize this has benefits and if promoted in the right way to the greater population, the viewpoint can change and education can happen.

In a society today where we are so divided, I think Al Harrington makes a great stance and point on an issue many stand on one side or the other on, with no reasoning. The least we can do is hear the other side of the story.

Thank you, Al.