Troy Smith brought a Heisman trophy to the state of Ohio and now he’s aiming to deliver marijuana dispensaries as well. The former Ohio State star and NFL player is partnering with his former high school coach Ted Ginn Sr. and former Cleveland Brown running back Eric Metcalf to launch a chain of Cleveland marijuana dispensaries.
As first reported by Tom Knox of Columbus Business First, the state of Ohio will select 24 candidates out of its 185 applicants to receive grow licenses. Governor John Kasich signed the state’s medical marijuana bill back in June 2016 and the program is supposed to be operational by September 2018.
Washington dispensary owner Jim Buchanan is partnering with Ted Ginn Sr., Troy Smith and former Cle. Brown Eric Metcalf in Ohio dispensary pic.twitter.com/MwYjnsrWZ9
— Tom Knox (@venerableknox) July 11, 2017
Smith told Knox his interest in medical cannabis grew because of head trauma experienced in his career. Various professional football players have advocated for the drug’s inclusion in the NFL’s policies and hope they can continue research on the drug’s various health benefits for dealing with pain and traumatic injuries.
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Knox also posted on Twitter: “Troy Smith says marijuana can help college football players and players after their careers end. Dispensaries would be in Cleveland area.”
Smith is well-regarded in the state, thanks to his football legacy. The Heisman trophy winner helped Ohio State reach the national title game, though they lost to Florida 41-14. Smith last played in the CFL for the Montreal Alouettes back in 2014 It was also revealed the Smith trio will also partner with Washington dispensary owner Jim Buchanan.