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Former Trail Blazer Cliff Robinson: Cannabis Connoisseur

Trail Blazers great Cliff Robinson had a nearly 20-year NBA career. Now he's branching out as a cannabis advocate.

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Former Blazers forward Cliff Robinson is opening up about his experience with and interest in cannabis.

After playing eight seasons and nearly 650 games with the Portland Trail Blazers, Robinson is coming back home to raise awareness about cannabis and to open his own cannabis business under the name "Uncle Spliffy," a play on his nickname "Uncle Cliffy."

From an interview with the Portland Business Journal, Robinson talked about the potential benefits cannabis can offer professional athletes:

"Cannabis is definitely a more positive alternative to pharmaceuticals at the end of the day," said Robinson. "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."

The extent to which cannabis could help world-class athletes prepare for and recover from the most physically demanding exercises known to humankind... it's tough to quantify, at best. But it's undeniable that attitudes about cannabis are shifting not only in Oregon (where it's now legal, with restrictions), but across the country.

See below for an interview by KOIN 6 News with Robinson on the issue:

Robinson is 10th on the NBA's all-time games played list (1,380). He also has the 2nd-most blocks in Blazers' franchise history (726); is in the Blazers' top-5 for games played, minutes, free throws, and points; and in the top-10 for steals, rebounds, and field goals.


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