Cancer eventually touches all of our lives. No matter where you live, or how much money you make, the disease will unfortunately impact someone you love. Unfortunately, cannabis medicines that could prove to be helpful, have been stifled by the Drug War and burdensome bureaucratic hurdles that stifle research in the United States. Tragically, the cannabis and professional basketball communities lost the great Clifford Robinson to cancer this week.
Robinson, known affectionately as Uncle Cliffy, played in the NBA for 18 seasons, his best years with the Portland Trailblazers. During his 8 years with the Blazers, he played in two NBA championship series, was voted the league’s best sixth man, and made an all-star team. If a player has better career statistics than Cliff, it is very likely that they are either in the Hall of Fame, or are on the way to the Hall of Fame.
After his illustrious playing career, Uncle Cliffy transitioned to Uncle Spliffy, creating a cannabis brand and advocating for legalization. Robinson made it his mission to utilize his name to help transform cannabis testing policies in the NBA and other sports leagues and to shatter “lazy stoner” stereotypes. On those fronts, Cliff, along with other former athletes like former NFL Pro-Bowl lineman Eugene Robinson and Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams, helped usher in some major successful reforms. As I told Celebstoner, health issues seemed to derail the launch of various Uncle Spliffy business projects time and time again.
A victim of our racist War on Cannabis, it was good to see Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler apologize to Cliff for a violent SWAT-like arrest that he endured over a personal amount of cannabis back in 1997. I was fortunate to become friendly with Cliff over the last couple of years. His smile lit up the room and his last text to me was to let me know that he was in the hospital.
We can continue to celebrate the life and legacy of Cliff Robinson, and help cancer patients by donating to his family’s fundraising page through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society:
We walk for Clifford!
Clifford Robinson lost his year and a half long battle to Lymphoma August 29, 2020. He was diagnosed with Diffuse large B cell lymphoma in march of 2019. Clifford played 18 years in the NBA currently ranking 54th on the all-time scoring list. He started his professional career with the Portland Trailblazers where he affectionately became known as “Uncle Cliffy” Clifford was passionate about giving back. He supported many different charitable organizations using his notoriety to raise awareness and money for causes dear to his heart. Clifford’s vast circle of family and friends stretched coast to coast. His warm and infectious energy made you feel very special. His passing leaves a void in so many lives. Please join us in his honor to raise funds to fight cancer.
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