Power Plant Fitness is a new gym in San Francisco with a unique idea. Patrons will have the opportunity to smoke mariuana while working out in the gym.
Naturally, this endeavor needs a celebrity spokesperson. Who better to roll out than Ricky Williams?
Williams became notorious for marijuana use as an NFL running back. He retired days before his 27th birthday in May 2004 after learning he faced a four-game suspension due to a positive marijuana test. Williams returned to the NFL in 2005, but was suspended again for the entire 2006 season, of which he played in the Canadian Football League. Williams, who played in the NFL again from 2007-2011, reportedly failed at least four drug tests in his career.
Williams is a partner and a spokesperson for Power Plant Fitness. Williams is also a spokesperson for the 420 Games, "a series of running events developed to destigmatize cannabis."
"Having Ricky Williams as a partner is f***ing awesome because he exemplifies a successful and very athletic person who also uses cannabis," Jim McAlpine, co-founder of the 420 Games, told Complex. "Ricky is as smart as he is a talented athlete. And that is a big statement."
Williams spoke to the International Business Times earlier this month about the NFL's stand on cannabis after the Laremy Tunsil situation. "I was a really good football player, a really good person, my teammates loved me, my coaches loved me, but my career and life were ruined because of a drug test," Williams said. "It doesn't make sense. They have to take a more humane approach to this."
Williams is making his "humane" move. He is running a gym that happens to be full of weed smoke. It is an experiment that Williams, McAlpine and their colleagues believe will work.
It is also important to note California has only legalized medical marijuana use to this point. So, yeah, that could cause an issue.
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