Ex-Bears QB Jim McMahon stumping for legalized weed in home state
Jim McMahon will appear on ‘Thursday Night Football’ in his home state stumping not for the navy blue and orange — but for green.
The former Bears quarterback will appear in a commercial encouraging Arizonans to vote yes next month on Prop 205, which would legalize recreational marijuana use in the state.
In the ad, the Super Bowl XX champion talks about how he began taking painkillers in 1983, his second season with the Bears, and kept the regimen going “daily” for the rest of his career, which ended with the Packers in 1996.
“It takes its toll,” he said. “I was taking too many of those things.”
McMahon, who moved to Arizona upon retirement, said he’s been using marijuana to treat his pain since he retired. He’s held an Arizona medical marijuana card since that law was passed six years ago.
He said “marijuana should be available to all adults who need it.” In Arizona, medical marijuana cards cost $150 and must be renewed each year at the same cost.
“Someone like me can afford to become a medical marijuana patient, but others aren’t so lucky,” he points out. “Marijuana should be available to all adults who need it.
“I’m voting ‘yes’ on Prop. 205 and hope you will, too.”
The 57-year-old has complained of pain since his playing days. In retirement, he’s cited headaches, pressure and dementia symptoms, but received controversial treatment from New York chiropractors who adjusted his neck and improved his flow of spinal cord fluid.