Former Detroit Lions players announce partnership with Harvard to study marijuana


Retired Detroit Lions football players Calvin Johnson and Robert SIms talk about their entry in Michigan’s marijuana industry.
Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press Lansing Bureau

Former Detroit Lions football players Calvin Johnson and Robert Sims are expanding their emerging cannabis enterprise into the field of medicine.

The pair announced an agreement Thursday with the International Phytomedicines and Medical Cannabis Institute at Harvard University, which is researching the benefits of medical marijuana and looking at the best ways to deliver cannabis-based medicines to cancer cells in patients.

The partnership, which also will look at the benefits of treating Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, a neurodegenerative disease caused by repeated blows to the head, with cannabis will help normalize the cannabis industry, Johnson said.

“With the stigma associated with this industry, a lot of my family, including my mother, looked

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