Don’t Miss Four-Time NBA Champ John Salley at the ICBC in San Francisco

   

Sports are huge in America, not only business-wise, but culturally. Sports were racially desegregated in America before the rest of our society. Athletes can have a profound impact upon our culture, we have seen this from numerous athletes, from Jesse Owens to Jackie Robinson to Muhammad Ali. It is very telling that more and more athletes, particularly former ones, are now speaking out about the need to improve our nation’s cannabis laws. Current athletes have their livelihood and careers at stake, so they need those like four-time NBA champion John Salley to speak out for them and Salley will be speaking out loud and clear at the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in San Francisco on February 17th!

Too often, cannabis users have been portrayed as lazy and unmotivated and athletes help shatter this ridiculous stereotype. Cannabis use didn’t stop Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt from becoming Olympic champions. In fact, the biggest detriment that marijuana seems to have on an athlete is getting arrested or failing a drug test. Salley, who is best known for his time on the Detroit Pistons “Bad Boys” championship teams in 1989 and 1990, believes that his NBA career could have been prolonged if he had started using medical cannabis earlier.

John Salley joins the growing ranks of former athletes speaking out for cannabis law reform, including fellow former NBA star Clifford Robinson and former NFL pro bowlers Ricky Williams, Kyle Turley, Eugene Monroe and Mark Stepnoski. NBA champion (as a coach and player) Steve Kerr acknowledged his medical cannabis use as did coaching legend Phil Jackson. Hopefully, with more and more athletes speaking out, we’ll start to see sports leagues change their strict anti-cannabis policies.

It is great to have John Salley willing to speak out about his support for the cannabis community and industry and he joins rock icon Henry Rollins to make this year’s ICBC a unique, one-of-a-kind event that mixes together great business information and political activism. With California, the world’s 6th-largest economy legalizing cannabis, this year’s International Cannabis Business Conference in San Francisco is a must-attend event. Get your tickets now before prices go up on February 1st!

This blog was originally published at www.internationalcbc.com and has been reposted here  with special permission.

Anthony Johnson

Anthony, a longtime cannabis law reform advocate, was Chief Petitioner and co-author of Measure 91, Oregon's cannabis legalization effort. He served as director of both the New Approach Oregon and Vote Yes on 91 PACs, the political action committees responsible for the state's legalization campaign. As director of New Approach Oregon, Anthony continues to work towards effectively implementing the cannabis legalization system while protecting small business owners and the rights of patients. He sits on the Oregon Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee and fights for sensible rules at the legislature as well as city councils and county commissions across the state. Anthony helps cannabis business comply with Oregon's laws and advises advocates across the country. He also serves as content director of both the International Cannabis Business Conference and the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference, helping share the vision of moving the cannabis industry forward in a way that maintains the focus on keeping people out of prison and protecting patients. He was a member of the Oregon Health Authority Rules Advisory Committee, assisting the drafting of the administrative rules governing Oregon’s state-licensed medical marijuana facilities. He first co-authored and helped pass successful marijuana law reform measures while a law student at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He passed the Oregon Bar in 2005 and practiced criminal defense for two years before transitioning to working full-time in the political advocacy realm. His blogs on Marijuana Politics are personal in nature and don't speak for or reflect the opinions of any group or organization.