“2021 gave us Allen Iverson 50 and now the Shawn Kemp Hemp?”: Seattle SuperSonics legend forays into marijuana business with his own brand, joining the likes of AI and Al Harrington


The Reignman Shawn Kemp opened a cannabis store in Seattle to create employment opportunities

In the US, only 35 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Of these, only 16 allow adults to legally use the substance for recreational purposes.

Even so, the U.S. marijuana industry was valued at $ 13.6 billion in 2019. Few ex-NBA players have joined this growing industry lately. SuperSonics legend Shawn Kemp is the latest addition to this.

Shawn Kemp was drafted by the Sonics in 1989 and played for Seattle until 1997. He was an all-star 6 times and made a name for himself for angry dunks in his Sonics days.

He and the duo of Gary Payton can be described as the original “Praise City” according to ex-NBA player Dennis Scott. Shawn Kemp’s career declined from then on due to obesity problems.

Shawn’s Hemp: Former NBA all-star Shawn Kemp enters the cannabis business. His playing career is long over, but the NBA’s view of marijuana has evolved since Kemp’s retirement.

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Shawn Kemp is one of the former NBA players investing in the cannabis industry

Shawn Kemp confessed that he smoked cannabis before and after the games. He was arrested in 2005 for possession of marijuana and other drugs.

Laws regarding cannabis have changed since his playing time, and the stigma surrounding medical and recreational marijuana use has also changed.

Which led to the Reignman opening a local store in Seattle. He said it will help create jobs for the city during such difficult times. His former teammate Gary Payton also showed up at the store opening to support him.

Allen Iverson recently joined Al Harrington’s cannabis company. Meanwhile, Detroit Pistons Hall of Famer Ben Wallace is also planning to launch his own cannabis brand.

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