Seventeen-year NBA vet Cliff Robinson is all set to open up a medical marijuana dispensary in Portland, per the Portland Business Journal. Uncle Cliff, who’s 49, is trying to spread the word on the positives that smoking weed brings.
Robinson will make an official announcement at next month’s Cannabis Collaborative Conference in Portland, where the former Trail Blazer will address a crowd of 2,500 at the Portland Expo Center.
Here’s more from the Portland Business Journal:
“It’s an opportunity for me to get out there and tell people a little bit about myself outside of basketball,” Robinson said. “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.”
“Cannabis is definitely a more positive alternative to pharmaceuticals at the end of the day,” he said. “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.”
“When you talk about guys playing on a professional level, there’s a lot of physical and mental stress that comes with that, and to have something available to you that has health benefits, I don’t see the issue with it myself.”
As such, he’s also “a businessman trying to start a new company.” He has a business plan, but plans to ramp it up slowly as legalization takes hold in Oregon.
“Oregon has always been known for good cannabis, and it’s an exciting time to be here,” he said. “I’m excited to be part of a team that’s doing it the right way.”
For now, the one-time All-Star has a website set up, without an official release date. He’s calling the upcoming shop Uncle Spliffy.
h/t NY Daily News