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In this 2008 file photo, Ricky Williams, then with the Miami Dolphins, is shown during an interview in Austin, Texas. Williams, now retired from the league, was in the NFL’s substance-abuse program for years because he had tested positive for marijuana.(Photo: Harry Cabluck, AP)

Former NFL running back Ricky Williams announced Tuesday that he is going into the marijuana business.

Williams has founded a new line of cannabis-based products called “Real Wellness by Ricky Williams” that also feature herbal extracts like lavender and turmeric, according to the company’s web site. The site describes its products as “a unique line of herbal-based wellness products that can be incorporated into daily routines.”

“Through our carefully chosen delivery methods of salves, tonics and vape cartridges, our products empower our clientele to harness the positive effects of herbs like cannabis in a more conscious and controlled way,” the company web site reads.

Williams, who won a Heisman Trophy at Texas before spending more than a decade in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints, told The Sun-Sentinel on Monday that since leaving the league he has studied herbalism and the effects of cannabis. The company’s web site said he has recently pursued a doctoral degree in Chinese medicine.

“I am known as a professional football player,” Williams told The Sun-Sentinel“In the last 14 years, I have been educating myself and training as a health care practitioner.”

According to the newspaper, Williams’

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