On Thursday, former Detroit Lion wide receiver Calvin Johnson was unanimously approved for prequalification in his attempt to open a licensed medical marijuana dispensary in Michigan.
The surefire Hall of Famer and his business partners, including his wife Brittney, moved to the next stage of the process after the governing board voted 4-0 to approve the business, called the Michigan Community Collective as of now.
This was Johnson's second attempt at building a legal and licensed cannabis business in Michigan after his initial application for a grow operation and processing plant was denied in December of last year. The application was turned down because Johnson had unpaid minor traffic tickets that were roughly a decade old, but when Johnson learned of the past-due violations holding up his business, he took care of them right away.
Johnson joins a growing group of former professional athletes opening up legal cannabis ventures, as Joe Montana and Al Harrington, among others, have been quite successful in the field.
Though Johnson has his prequalification from the state, he'll still need to gain local approval in the city he chooses to open his new business.