Olympic sprinter Michael Frater officially opened a medical marijuana dispensary in Manor Park, Jamaica on Saturday.
It is called 4/20 Sports Therapeutic Bliss. Frater, 38, who was forced to retire because of injury, said the medical marijuana dispensary is an alternative treatment for the sick and injured.
Frater said that cannabis treatment helped him to recover from a bad knee, which affected him for years. Medics could not find a solution to his problematic knee after numerous visits to The University Hospital of the West Indies and a hospital in France.
“I tried it and within a month I was feeling brand new,” Frater said. “I started studying about it and I realised that this drug which has been a taboo for most of my life is a miracle drug.”
Sports Minister Olivia Grange was at the official opening, as were Jamaica Olympic Association President Christopher Samuda, former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell and West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle. “Apart from the matter of business and sport, this is a commitment that has characterised your professional career and I have no doubt that it will characterise your business forever," said Samuda.