Jamaican Olympian Michael Frater on Saturday officially opened a medical marijuana dispensary – 4/20 Sports Therapeutic Bliss – in Manor Park, St Andrew.
The 38-year-old Frater, who was forced into retirement because of injury, said the medical marijuana dispensary is geared towards benefitting ailing persons.
Frater pointed out that cannabis treatment helped him to recover from a bad knee, which affected him for several years. He said doctors could not find a solution to his bad knee after 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. 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,” said Frater.
“What is important about what you are doing is that you are not just an athlete who at the end of your active career, sit down, fold your arms and wait for something to happen, you have set an excellent example for others to follow,” said Sport Minister Olivia Grange, who was among the guests at the official opening.
Jamaica Olympic Association President Christopher Samuda, former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell and West Indies cricket star Chris Gayle were also among the invited guests.
“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.