Former Portland Trailblazer Cliff Robinson isn’t the only one seeking to get some skin in the game and take full advantage of Oregon’s new marijuana laws. The former NBA player, who spent the bulk of his career here in Portland with the Blazers, is planning on starting up his own dispensary called Uncle Spliffy’s.
“Cannabis is definitely a more positive alternative to pharmaceuticals at the end of the day,” Robinson recently told the Portland Business Journal. “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.”
Robinson also mentioned the many benefits he thinks marijuana can have for pro basketball players and other athletes. He also spoke about how most pro athletes are under a tremendous amount of pressure to be consistent and play at a high level.
“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,” Robinson stated.
Recreational marijuana has been legal here in Oregon since last October. It’ll be interesting to see if the NBA decides to make changes to its drug policy at all if more states with teams legalize marijuana.
“Oregon has always been known for good cannabis, and it’s an exciting time to be here,” he told the Portland Business Journal. “I’m excited to be part of a team that’s doing it the right way.”
Robinson was suspended twice for marijuana use during his NBA career, he is now a huge supporter of both the medicinal and stress-relieving benefits of the drug. He will serve as the keynote speaker at next month’s Cannabis Collaborative Conference, where he’s billed as a “cannabis advocate” on the conference website.
“People in Oregon know me as a basketball player,” Robinson, who played eight years with the Portland Trail Blazers, told the Portland Business Journal. “But I want to distill the stigma around cannabis, the misperception that athletes and cannabis are incompatible.”