I don’t really like football (cue the hate comments) but I do like and respect Ricky Williams. For those not in the know, Williams is the former Miami Dolphins running back who was suspended from the NFL in 2006 due to his marijuana use.
“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,” he recently told International Business Times over the phone from Italy. “It doesn’t make sense. They have to take a more humane approach to this.”
Although the suspension cost him millions, and probably forever altered the trajectory of his career and legacy, Williams was never apologetic about his cannabis use. And now he’s in the process of turning his lemons into Lemon OG Kush, by launching a marijuana-friendly gym in San Francisco.
The gym, aptly named Power Plant Fitness “…won’t be a place to get high and just screw around,” Jim McAlpine, founder of the cannabis event series 420 Games and co-founder of Power Plant Fitness, wrote in a blog on the company’s website. “We are focused on the athletic side, not the cannabis side.”
This is how it will work: members of the gym will be given a “cannabis performance assessment“ to see how to best incorporate marijuana into their workout — whether to vape or have an edible, for example, or if they’re better off partaking pre- or post-workout.
“We will be helping our members figure out how is best for them to ingest their cannabis,” McAlpine told Tech Insider in an email.
“Marijuana, if you use it in a responsible way, accentuates the parts of sports that you love and helps you to do them better,” McAlpine added.
Once it opens, Power Plant Fitness will have its own line of specialty concentrates and edibles specifically catered for fitness enthusiasts. Members can only vape on site, as San Francisco has some of the most stringent anti-smoking measures in the country. However, McAlpine does plan on accommodating those who prefer to burn their flowers by adding an outdoor smoke deck.
Williams and McAlpine are in the final stages of securing a lease for their new pot-friendly gym. More than likely they will also have to register as a dispensary lounge under California law if they plan on selling ganja on site.
Bottom line is, if you’re a smoker and love to workout, you’ll soon be setting foot in your own Sensi Shangri-La come this fall.
My name is Petey Wheatstraw, also known as Charles Stevens. I’m an avid marijuana smoker, writer, devoted father and non-profit minion– not necessarily in that order. A Chicago native I’ve lived off and on in the Bay Area since 1996. Seven years ago I finally settled here to capture the changing face of our communities.