On Monday, California became the nation’s sixth state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana through the passage of 2016’s Proposition 64. On Tuesday afternoon, Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed support for the drug. “I’m a proponent of it,” Kerr said after Tuesday’s practice. “I do feel strongly that [marijuana] is a much better option than some of the prescription drugs and I know that it’s helping a lot of people, which is great.” The legalization of the drug is expected to bring in more than $5 billion to the state’s economy, according to a 2017 state-sponsored study. Dispensaries opened throughout the Bay Area Jan. 1 to long lines, with some waiting outside of Berkeley Patients Group lined up at 4 a.m. Kerr admitted to using marijuana as an alternative to opioids during his rehabilitation from back surgery in 2015, though he admitted the drug didn’t help the pain. Still, Kerr advocates for marijuana’s usage over prescription medication.
Kerr: Marijuana 'a much better option' than some prescription drugs
San Jose Mercury News | Jan 3