Former NBA All-Star Cliff Robinson is getting into the marijuana business.
According to the Portland Business Journal, Robinson is set to appear and speak at the Cannabis Collaborative Conference to discuss his new marijuana business, “Uncle Spliffy.” Product is expected by years end.
Here is what the NBA veteran had to say about his new venture:
“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.”
“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.”
He also spoke about why he thinks weed may be a better option than painkillers for some athletes:
“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… “There are a lot of things that have to fall into place before” cannabis isn’t frowned upon in the NBA, Robinson said. “We can continue to break down the walls of the issue.”
Once disciplined by the league for using marijuana, Cliff Robinson wants to rid the stigma of marijuana use by sport athletes.
“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,” Robinson told the paper.
Cliff Robinson played for five teams in the NBA at which time he was named an NBA All-Star and Sixth Man of a Year.