Uncle Cliffy Becomes "Uncle Spliffy"
By Steve Elliott
Former Portland Trail Blazer Cliff Robinson is getting into the marijuana business, advocating the use of marijuana as a medical treatment for athletes.
Robinson, who just turned 49, is back in Portland, Oregon, and will be a featured speaker at the Cannabis Collaborative Conference next month, reports Ken Boddle at KOIN 6.
"I think I've always been an advocate for cannabis," Robinson said. "(It's) calming, calm my stomach, calm my nerves, so from that standpoint I see a lot of positives."
Robinson's 18-year NBA career lasted from 1989 through the 2006 season; he said he smoked marijuana while he was in the league, even though it was both illegal and against NBA rules.
"When I did it, it was wrong," Robinson said. "I paid the penalty. But now we're in a new time and we're trying to move forward."
Uncle Cliffy is getting into the marijuana business under the name Uncle Spliffy. He's urging team doctors to consider treating sports-related pain and other ailments with cannabis instead of harsh, dangerous pharmaceuticals.
"I think we definitely have to continue looking into cannabis and the benefits that it has, the health benefits that it has, because I think it's come leaps and bounds," Robinson said.
The Cannabis Collaborative Conference is scheduled for February 3-4 at the Expo Center in Portland. Cliff Robinson's keynote speech will be on Feb. 4.