Ex-NBA All-Star Clifford Robinson Is Opening a Marijuana Store

Bryan Brandom
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Retired NBA All-Star Clifford Robinson was a member of the Portland Trail Blazers for eight seasons.

Now he's opening a business that will cater to the common Portland blazer.

Robinson is opening a marijuana dispensory in Portland.

Weed was recently legalized in Oregon, and stores have been opening across the state since October.

Since ending his 18-year NBA career, during which he also played for the Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, and New Jersey Nets, Robinson has become an advocate for cannabis. He will speak at 2016 Cannabis Collaborative Conference, an event for members of the legal marijuana industry that is being held on February 3 and 4.

"It's an opportunity for me to get out there and tell people a little bit about myself outside of basketball," Robinson told Portland Business Journal. "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 sees benefits to athletes using marijuana.

"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."

Robinson was suspended for being arrested for marijuana possession in 2001. He would be suspended by the league two more times for violating the NBA's antidrug policy, including during the playoffs as a valuable reserve for the Nets in 2006.

He knows the league is a ways from not regarding marijuana use or possession a punishable offense.

"There are a lot of things that have to fall into place," he said.

"There's a current CBA in place, so the next round of negotiations would be the next opportunity to discuss it, but until more states come online and the negative perception has change, it will continue to be in the conversation."

Known as "Uncle Cliffy" during his playing days, Robinson has already selected the perfect name for his business: Uncle Spliffy.

The former hooper already has a grow operation and plans to sell various medicinal items, like topicals and rubs.

"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."

 

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