Are you ready for Uncle Spliffy? Former NBA All-Star Cliff Robinson was known as Uncle Cliffy during his playing days.
He’s branching out now, making a foray into the marijuana business with a modified name to front his business. Robinson and a group of investors will open a grow operation in Portland, Ore., according to the Portland Business Journal. The idea is to have product by the end of the year.
Oregon is one of four states (also the District of Columbia) to have legalized recreational use of marijuana. Recreational pot will be available for sale in the state in October.
It’s not a particularly surprising move for longtime Trail Blazer Robinson, who was twice suspended for marijuana use during his time in the NBA. He’s been an outspoken support of marijuana use, both for medicinal reasons and for its stress-relieving benefits.
“People in Oregon know me as a basketball player,” Robinson, who played two seasons with the Warriors, told the journal. “But I want to distill the stigma around cannabis, the misperception that athletes and cannabis are in compatible.”
This move by Robinson underscores an incompatibility with the way sports deal with a drug that is now legalized in Washington, Colorado, Oregon and Alaska for both medical and recreational use. And 14 other states have decriminalized its use in some way.
Meanwhile, marijuana is on the list of banned substances by the NFL, the NBA, MLB and the NCAA, with only the NHL bucking the trend.
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