Photo courtesy of Chris Ball
CFL player Chris Ball began delving into the cannabis industry during his off-seasons, bringing marijuana from Canada into the U.S. “I became very popular doing that because I was able to undercut the market here because I was getting it so cheap,” he said. “That’s when my status started to rise.”
Although Ball saw popularity and notoriety during this time, his operation was brought down by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. He was later charged with conspiracy to distribute 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, leading him to a plea deal while spending about a month in prison.
Ball spent four years keeping up with his probation conditions while working retail jobs and doing twice-weekly drug tests to avoid more confrontations with the law.
After completing his sentence, Ball said that “cannabis was just calling me back.” “After all the things I’d learned up north in Canada about growing, I wanted to try my hand at cultivation,” he said.
Ball later received assistance from L.A.’s social equity program, designed to help cannabis entrepreneurs get established. In doing so, 2019 brought Ball Family Farms to life as a legally licensed commercial cannabis distributor. The company now holds 24 employees and is licensed for cultivation and manufacturing.
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