Marijuana may have gotten him in trouble on the field but former National Football League running back Ricky Williams is ready to profit from it now that he’s retired.
After years of repeated fines and suspensions drug and testing issues, former Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams has announced a role working for the world’s first “cannabis-friendly gym”.
“The venture is the brainchild of Jim McAlpine, the co-founder of the 420 Games, a series of running events developed to de-stigmatize cannabis”, according to Greg Rajan of MySanAntonio. McAlpine and Williams must get final approval for the gym, which includes finalizing a lease and attaining a dispensary lounge permit before Power Plant can open its doors. “And that is a big statement”.
McAlpine told The Complex that Williams “exemplifies a successful and very athletic person who also uses cannabis”.
Williams starred at Texas before getting selected with the fifth overall pick in the 1999 draft by the New Orleans Saints. He retired in 2011, after a single season with the Baltimore Ravens. He returned in 2005 but was banned for the 2006 season after his fourth violation. It’s also noted the gym must still receive local clearance before the use of marijuana will be allowed.
“I got to a point in my career where I realized, ‘I’m not going to be able to do this much longer, ‘” Williams said.
Williams has been outspoken about the benefits of marijuana use during his playing days.
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