Clifford ‘Uncle Cliffy’ Robinson was born in Buffalo, New York and attended Riverside High School. After graduating high school Cliff attended the University of Connecticut (UConn) where he helped lead the UConn basketball team to win the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) Championship in 1988. Cliff Robinson is a member of the UConn basketball program’s ‘All Century Team.’
Cliff was drafted by the Portland Trailblazers in 1989 and would go on to play 18 years in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Cliff Robinson won the NBA ‘Sixth Man of the Year’ award in 1993, was an NBA All Star in 1994, and twice made the NBA’s ‘All-Defensive Second Team’ (2000 and 2002).
Cliff Robinson suffered multiple injuries during his professional basketball career, but still maintains an active lifestyle. Cliff credits cannabis as a major reason why he has been able to successfully treat the aches and pains that he now endures in retirement. As a longtime consumer, Cliff Robinson knows first hand how well cannabis works for medical and wellness purposes, and it’s that very first hand experience that fuels his passion for cannabis advocacy.
Just as Cliff Robinson knows first hand that medical cannabis works, so too does he know that cannabis prohibition doesn’t work. Cliff Robinson was unnecessarily suspended three times during his professional athletic career for cannabis use. Cliff Robinson has also been harmed by cannabis prohibition off the court via unnecessary encounters with law enforcement, both in his late teenage years and as an adult.
First hand experiences, both positive and negative, have resulted in Cliff Robinson becoming a passionate cannabis advocate and social entrepreneur, promoting reform and responsible use. Cliff Robinson is seeking to change the perception that cannabis and sports are incompatible, to reform the rules and laws that prohibit responsible cannabis use in sports and society, and to positively contribute to ending the harmful ‘War on Drugs’ which has harmed too many lives.