Controversial cyclist Floyd Landis starts weed company in Colorado

Controversial former cyclist Floyd Landis is stepping away from the bike pedal and into a blooming business sector in his post-cycling life, announcing that he will be opening a marijuana company in Colorado at the end of the month with the intent of selling vape and edible cannabis products to the public.

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"I am really excited about this new phase of my life. The cannabis industry is growing fast and I am fortunate to have this opportunity to play a role," Landis said in a press release heralding the birth of his new company, Floyd’s of Leadville.

Landis went on to state in the press release that his interest in the marijuana industry is two-fold: Landis wants to sell premium products in a new industry and is a strong supporter of the therapeutic effects of marijuana given his history with chronic hip pain from competition.

“The therapeutic uses for cannabis can’t be ignored,” Landis stated in the press release. “For years I relied on opioid pain relievers to treat my hip pain. With cannabis, I find that I can manage my pain and have a better quality of life. We need to give people a safer alternative.”

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Landis after stage 18 of his fateful 2006 Tour de France. Photo: Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

This will hardly be the 40-year-old Landis’ first foray into the world of drugs.

Landis is a highly controversial figure in the world of cycling due to his extensive, complicated history with performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). He was the winner of the 2006 Tour De France before being stripped of his title when he tested positive for synthetic testosterone.

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Landis at a book signing. After his professional career, Landis became an outspoken critic of the doping culture in cycling. Photo: Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

After years of contesting his positive test results, he later did a complete 180, admitting to not only using synthetic testosterone throughout his career but also a litany of other PEDs including human growth hormone and erythropoietin.

He then became a whistleblower for professional cycling’s culture of widespread doping and levied some of the initial accusations of doping against former teammate Lance Armstrong that ultimately tarnished Armstrong’s storied career.

His new cannabis brand will launch on June 30 during an event in Denver.

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