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NFL running back Mike James to speak on cannabis at CWBC Expo New York

Professional football player Mike James will participate in the “Surprise Speaker Series” at the 5th Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition in New York, May 30 – June 2, at the Javits Center.

Following a season-ending injury at the height of his football career as a running back with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, James began to research natural forms of effective relief for his chronic pain when traditional rehabilitation and training had failed.

May 22, 2018  By Grow Opportunity Staff

Tampa Bay running back Mike James was denied permission to medicate using cannabis.

He found that cannabis was a viable alternative that would keep his football performance competitive.

James, now a free agent, is the first active professional football player to file for a therapeutic use exemption specifically for cannabis as an alternative to opioids.

The Surprise Speaker Series, presented by the National Hemp Association, will take place on Thursday, May 31st at 1:00 p.m. 

The conference will be focused on the medical marijuana, industrial hemp and legalized cannabis industries. 


The goal of the Surprise Speaker Series, and CWCBExpo NY educational program, is to elevate the conversation about the benefits of the cannabis, debunk its negative stigmatism, and provide information, tools and resources for businesses to succeed in the industry. 

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