Legal Weed A Boon For Former Football Star

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It’s funny how quickly things change regarding cannabis.

One of those laughing now is erstwhile football player Ricky Williams, who was suspended from the National Football League multiple times for testing positive for weed. The former Heisman Trophy winner is now making money in marijuana after launching a cannabis brand called Real Wellness by Ricky Williams, according to Bloomberg News.

“We’re taking the idea of medicinal marijuana to the next step,” he told the outlet. “Cannabis is real and it’s here, and a lot of people have no idea what they’re doing. I have a lot of experience and a lot of knowledge from my experiences and my studies to share.”

It’s a change of fortune for a guy who was once derided for throwing away his career in the NFL to explore his love for cannabis. At one point during his troubled tenure, Williams stepped away from the game to travel and study Ayurveda, an ancient Indian medicine system.

“The whole purpose of this for me is to help facilitate my public persona transitioning from being a former football player to being a healer,” he told Bloomberg. “It’s been difficult for people to appreciate who I am as a healer because of the success I had as a football player.”