Ex-SuperSonics star Shawn Kemp to open Seattle’s first Black-owned dispensary
Longtime SuperSonics star Shawn Kemp is set to open his own pharmacy in Seattle this month, a move that will make history in the city.
Kemp's Pharmacy, Shawn Kemp's Cannabis, will be Seattle's first black-owned pharmacy. The store is located downtown near the Climate Pledge Arena and the iconic Space Needle.
"My name is on this company and I've worked hard to bring Shawn Kemp's cannabis to fruition," Kemp said in a statement. “I want to offer the best selection, customer experience, and prices in Seattle. I have incredible partners in Matt Schoenlein and Ramsey Hamide to make sure we keep this promise to our customers who are our top priority. "
Gary Payton attends the opening
Kemp has spent 14 seasons in the league, most of them in Seattle. The SuperSonics picked him number 17 overall in 1989, and he spent eight seasons with the organization before brief stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers and Orlando Magic before retiring in 2003. Six times the All-Star average of 14.6 points and 8.4 rebounds during his career.
Kemp is just the youngest former celebrity athlete to join the marijuana game in retirement. Several athletes, including tennis player John Isner, have signed advertising deals with CBD companies, and former NBA star Al Harrington started his own marijuana company in 2011. Boxing legend Mike Tyson even opened a 40-acre ranch in California to grow his own marijuana.
Payton will have a lot of star power for its grand opening of the "Green Ribbon Cutting Ceremony" when it officially opens next Friday. Hall of Famer Gary Payton, who played with Kemp in Seattle for years, will be by his side.
"I look forward to seeing Sonics fans regularly, starting with opening day," he said in a statement.
Shawn Kemp played for SuperSonics from 1989 to 1997 and will be opening "Shawn Kemp's Cannabis" in downtown Seattle next week. (Brian Bahr / Allsport / Getty Images)
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