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Former NBA Player Al Harrington Says: ‘Marijuana healed my grandmother’

Al Harrington is a huge supporter of legalizing marijuana, and he is using his platform to explain how he has personally seen the good that it can do.

“What made me change my opinion of the cannabis plant was because of my grandmother’s story,” Harrington told The Root in speaking about his support for California’s Proposition 64. “My grandmother suffered from glaucoma and she also has diabetes. I got her to try it pretty much on a whim, just from me seeing things on TV and different things like that, and people talking about the relief that it gives.”

“It worked out for her better than I expected,” he added. “So, at that point, I started reading up even more on the plant and how it was helping so many people. Some people even credited black-oil cannabis with curing their cancer.”

After seeing how cannabis had helped his grandmother, Harrington tried it himself and has since become a strong advocate of its healing powers.

“In 2011, I was sending my grandmother cannabis that she needed just to give her relief, and the next year I ended up with a meniscus tear that led to a staph infection. When I had my fourth surgery, I was in Vail, Colo., and my cousin introduced me to cannabinoids (CBDs) and from that point forward, I’ve never taken another Vicodin or anti-inflammatory pill.”

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