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He added: “I will now be strictly operating as a private citizen without restriction of speech to continue my dedication to the ongoing fight against COVID-19 and informing the people of these unwavering truths shown to me in the science of the endogenous cannabinoid system that must be exposed at this time through the dropping of Schedule 1 status on cannabis.”
Turley played in the NFL from 1998-2007, including one season with the St. Louis Rams. After retiring, he faced lingering physical pain from his playing days, as well of bouts of depression and rage. He tried cannabis and saw rapid improvement, leading to his advocacy for the league to lift its ban on marijuana use by players.
Turley seems to have found a way to comply with the order without backing down from his claims. As of this weekend, he says, Neuro XPF is no longer his company. Neither is the Shango chain of dispensaries, which has locations in Moreno Valley as well as Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Michigan.
The letter states: “We advise you to review your websites, product labels, and other labeling and promotional materials to ensure that you are not misleadingly representing your products as safe and effective for a COVID-19-related use for which they have not been approved by FDA and that you do not make claims that misbrand the products in violation of the FD&C Act. .
Kyle Turley believes cannabis can cure COVID-19.
“In the recent days many of you have witnessed the resentment and backlash of individuals and agencies who wish to silence my message and demand I stand down at the risk of losing all,” Turley wrote in a statement he posted Saturday on Twitter.
“After meeting extensively with my team and partners due to the coronavirus and demand by our government leaders for all to do what we can to win this war on COVID-19, it is with a heavy heart I have decided to relieve myself of my capital approach, duties and direct involvement and associations to the companies I’ve helped build and create out of respect for the life-saving work they do and the risk of jobs at stake because of threats to my personal advocacy.”
According to the FDA and FTC’s March 31 letter to Neuro XPF, the company included such messages on its website as “We want everyone to take CBD and take advantage of its potential to help prepare your body to fight a coronavirus infection” and “Crush Corona! Your best defense against the COVID-19 blitz starts with a strong immune system.”
Founder and CEO Brandon Rexroad, left, prepares an order at the checkout line during the grand opening of Shango Moreno Valley, a new marijuana dispensary, in Moreno Valley on Friday, March. 13, 2020. On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission directed Turley to stop claiming that cannabidiol could protect consumers from the coronavirus. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Turley, a football player for Valley View High in Moreno Valley before playing for the New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs, co-owns Shango Moreno Valley
On Tuesday, March 31, the agencies wrote a joint letter to Turley, warning about claims he’d made on the website for his Las Vegas-based CBD distributor, Neuro XPF, and on social media. He’s since taken down the claims on his website, though Turley stands by his statements.
Failure to do so would result in a fine.