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Former NBA Star Turning Recreational Marijuana Grower

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The former NBA star for the Portland Trailblazers, Cliff Robinson, has plans to start a recreational marijuana grow operation in Oregon. Robinson plans to offer dry flower as well as marijuana-infused topicals and rubs.

Robinson is an advocate for marijuana and is scheduled as a featured speaker at the 2016 Cannabis Collaborative Conference that will be held February 3rd and 4th, according to Oregon Live. His plans are to deliver a message about the healing benefits from marijuana.

Robinson stated: “Cannabis is definitely a more positive alternative to pharmaceuticals at the end of the day.” He continued by saying, “Those are synthetics. I’m talking about something that’s natural that can bring the outcomes you’re looking for, be it for muscle tension or relaxation or preparedness. There are a whole lot of different things that are beneficial.”

The former NBA star has a team of partners in place to begin his grow operations. He plans to have products ready by the end of next year. He said that, “It’s an opportunity for me to get out there and tell people a little bit about myself outside of basketball. People in Oregon know me as a basketball player, but I want to distill the stigma around cannabis, the misperception that athletes and cannabis are incompatible.”

Cliff Robinson is arguably the highest-profile athlete to endorse marijuana use. He is in agreement that athletes playing contact sports, such as football and basketball, could really benefit from using marijuana to treat pain from injuries instead of prescription drugs.

(Photo c/o The Oregonian)