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From Field to Boardroom, Mike James is changing the game with Health, Wellness and Lion Order

“I've had an incredible opportunity to play the game I love at the highest level.  Unfortunately my career was cut short due to injuries.  Cannabis and the health wellness program I created with a team of medical professionals provided significant relief and allowed me to get back my life without the reliance on opioids. In 2018 I was the first athlete in NFL league history to apply for therapeutic use exemption."

From field to boardroom, Mike James is changing the game with health, wellness and Lion Order. James made a name for himself on the field dominating as a running back with the Miami Hurricanes before taking his talents to the NFL playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as well as the Detroit Lions.  After sustaining an injury Mike James partnered in Cannabis for medical reasons and became the first NFL athlete to apply for therapeutic use exemption;

“I’ve had an incredible opportunity to play the game I love at the highest level.  Unfortunately my career was cut short due to injuries.  Cannabis and the health wellness program I created with a team of medical professionals provided significant relief and allowed me to get back to life without the reliance on opioids. In 2018 I was the first athlete in NFL league history to apply for therapeutic use exemption.  Despite being denied,  I have continued to foster the cannabis conversation  through education, advocacy and today am the vice president of Lion Order.  I want to change the way we talk about cannabis and put health and wellness on the forefront.”

-Mike James, Retired NFL Athlete | VP & Partner in Lion Order

Since retiring Mike James has focused on developing policy and furthering cannabis education.  James joined the NFL steering committee in an effort to help foster the cannabis conversation as well as make real tangible gains for players mental health and well being.

“Education, health and wellness are at the top of my agenda and I want to make sure other elite athletes can benefit from what I’ve endured and learned.  Despite retiring from football, it was still my life, my passion, everything I loved and wanted to be able to continue to proactively work with the league to help bring new initiatives to the table…I joined the NFL steering committee, which provided an opportunity to connect with a team of established medical professionals lobbying to push policy forward.  Collectively we’ve worked together to move the conversation beyond the field.  Education is at the heart of my movement and today being a part of Lion Order is providing another platform and outlet to move the policy and education conversation forward.”

-Mike James, Retired NFL Athlete | VP & Partner in Lion Order

Today, Mike James is leading the cannabis charge on a number of fronts and using his platform to highlight the importance of mental health awareness. ;

“Health and wellness is my top priority.  I’ve used a program that encompasses behavioral therapy, vestibular therapy, cognitive therapy, plant based medicine and mental science and felt the difference.  I want to share this with the world and other elite athletes because mental health, feeling great emotionally and physically can do wonders for your career and family life.  We’re on a mission to change the misconceptions of plant based medicines and alternative therapies…”

-Mike James, Retired NFL Athlete | VP & Partner in Lion Order


Outside of moving the needle forward as a thought leader, Mike James has joined Lion Order as the Vice President and recently celebrated the launch of their product line on April 20, 2022;

“Lion Order is a roots, luxury, lifestyle brand infused with the Rastafari Mindset.  Rohan has been preaching the Lion Order mantra his entire life and is sharing the movement with the world.  Besides being a great football player, he’s also an incredible businessman and savvy entrepreneur.  We want to share the movement, the Rastafari essence of life, roots luxury and provide premium products.  Collectively we aim to empower the plant and the world through love and knowledge…”

-Mike James, Retired NFL Athlete | VP & Partner in Lion Order

Making an impact in Detroit, Mike James was on hand with the entire Lion Order team sharing the movement, providing positive spirits and vibrations for the state of Michigan.

“We launched on April 20, 2022  in Detroit and it was special for many reasons. The people are cool, down to Earth and they live for the Detroit way. Whether it’s Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Barry Sanders, Eminem or Trick Trick – people in Detroit revere and respect those leaders because they stand behind Detroit as their representatives. Detroit is a city that is undergoing a major renaissance because of the cannabis industry and herb is the driving force behind so much growth and opportunity.

For me, the Detroit connection goes back to when I was playing football for the Detroit Lions and connected with Mike Martin and became great friends, he’s a true Lion. Today, Mike’s an owner in Heavyweight Heads, and Heavyweight is growing some of the best herb we’ve ever tasted. Heavyweight shared our values and deep appreciation for herb as a way of life – not something you smoke just to get high. Heavyweight wanted to help grow our movement of bringing Jamaican herb culture and the spirit of Rastafari to the state of Michigan.

It’s hard to overlook what cannabis has done for the state from an economic and cultural standpoint. Lion Order is in full support of all of the progressive development in Detroit along with Michigan as a whole being on the rise.”

-Mike James, Retired NFL Athlete | VP & Partner in Lion Order

Learn More about Mike James today;

Instagram : @mikejames | @lionorder

Lion Order : https://www.lionorder.com

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