Smokin’ in Cleve­land

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

Three big names in Cleve­land foot­ball are eye­ing mul­ti­ple sites in the Cleve­land area for a med­i­cal mar­i­juana dis­pen­sary.

Ted Ginn Sr., long-time foot­ball and track and field coach at Glenville High School, for­mer Ohio State Univer­sity quar­ter­back and Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner Troy

Smith and for­mer Cleve­land Brown Eric Met­calf have their sights set on one of 60 dis­pen­sary li­censes to be awarded later this year, ac­cord­ing to the Cleve­land Plain-Dealer.

The three have part­nered with Jim Buchanan, a Seat­tle recre­ational mar­i­juana store owner who used to live in Cleve­land, and were in Colum­bus on Tues­day to com­ment on draft reg­u­la­tions for dis­pen­saries.

Smith said his own head trauma from years of play­ing foot­ball led him to look into med­i­cal mar­i­juana and to pur­sue a busi­ness. Smith said he’s only now be­gin­ning to un­der­stand how bang­ing his head against other play­ers has af­fected his daily life.

“Sports is a great thing to watch when you’re snack­ing on chicken wings, but it’s dead se­ri­ous. We need to pay more at­ten­tion to it and be more del­i­cate,” Smith said, adding that he is cer­tain med­i­cal mar­i­juana can be help­ful to peo­ple with brain in­juries.


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