It’s hard for James Allen to remember a time when he wasn’t around marijuana.

“Cannabis was always floating around at my family reunions and everything,” the former OU and NFL running back said. “So it wasn’t bad until you see the criminal offense being placed on it, especially for people of color — let’s just look at the numbers.

“Then you see it from that perspective. ‘Oh my God, I can’t get caught with that.’”

Even with that stigma — and possible punishment — Allen still used marijuana during high school, college and in the NFL.

“I don’t think there was a medicinal knowledge of when I would use cannabis,” Allen said. “It was more just the culture I grew up in. We smoked weed. That’s just what everybody was doing whether it was secretly or out in the open.”

The NCAA’s treatment of marijuana users has been in the crosshairs in recent months.