Former NFL players Calvin Johnson and Rob Sims are partnering with Harvard University to research the benefits of marijuana on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), ESPN’s Michael Rothstein reported.
Johnson, the former Detroit Lions wide receiver known as Megatron, and Sims, an offensive lineman with the Seattle Seahawks and Lions, run a brand called Primitive. Johnson and his wife, Brittney, got approval for a marijuana dispensary in February, per the Detroit Free Press. Michigan legalized marijuana in November.
The partnership is about “providing hope,” Sims said, and is focused on managing pain.
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