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An all-star roster of retired professional athletes are raising their voices for medical cannabis and cannabinoids.

Twenty years ago this week, when Ross Rebagliati won the first-ever Olympic gold medal in snowboarding and promptly tested positive for marijuana, sports fans around the world had just one question: How can weed be performance-enhancing?

Pro-pot events used to be limited to rock concerts, but in the wake of legal medical marijuana, that is changing. Pittsburgh becomes the first city in the eastern U.S. this week to host the 420 Games, an event blending athletics with marijuana advocacy.

Olympic athletes are allowed a fair amount of leeway when it comes to cannabis test results, but they still operate in a world with scant protection for medical use.

He joins other former NFL pros as pro-marijuana.

“We are trying to bring new things to the athletic realm. We want to give athletes an alternative to opioids, stimulants, painkiller shots and things like that.”

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