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Former Blazer Cliff Robinson getting into the marijuana business

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Former Trail Blazer Cliff Robinson is trying to make his mark in Portland once again. This time it's not on the court, but in the marijuana business.

Next week, Cliff Robinson will appear at the Portland Expo Center to speak at the Cannabis Collaborative Conference. He's not doing it just as an advocate for cannabis, but a new business owner.

"Whether it's aches and pains, muscle tension, whether it's to calm nerves. There's a lot of effective uses for it and we have to continue to have that conversation."

Robinson is starting a new business called "Uncle Spliffy". It's a take on his old nickname, Uncle Cliffy and he plans to sell cannabis and hemp based products.

While talk about the healing properties of marijuana has come a long way, Robinson says he is still trying to battle stigma about it. He believes pot helped him with pain and injuries during his time in the NBA and he wants other athletes to consider the benefits.

Robinson was suspended twice for using weed during his career when it was illegal, but he says some good came out of those choices too.

"I know I was wrong. I accept my responsibility. I paid the price and I had to be suspended. But at the same time, I think it was beneficial for me as an athlete because I didn't do well with pharmaceutical stuff."

Robinson says his business website should be up and running soon, and he'll be speaking at the cannabis conference Feb. 4.

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