DENVER-- A former professional cyclist who was accused of doping has made an ironic career change.
Floyd Landis founded "Floyd's of Leadville," offering two cannabis products sold in 20 dispensaries throughout Colorado.
Years before moving to Colorado, Landis made headlines in 2006 for winning the Tour De France. He was stripped of the victory within days for doping allegations.
Landis eventually admitted to doping after years of fighting it. The years following the investigation were difficult.
"The subject for me has been about drugs for 10 years now. For me, it was kind of a traumatic ending, not what I envisioned when I started racing," said Landis.
Now, the former athlete is now dabbling in a more herbal drug.
"It's still taboo for a lot of people," said Landis.
Landis has partnered with friend Scott Thompson. The pair have two products out right now: a vapor cartridge filled with pure THC and a trans-dermal cream.
"We're targeting a group of people who have an active lifestyle and want to just enhance that and recover from that," said Landis.
Landis became addicted to painkillers after a hip replacement in 2002. He uses the trans-dermal cream on his own sore joints.
The former cyclist wasn't sure if he was ready to subject himself to more drug-related attention when first entering this business.
"I think they don't know what to make of it, they kind of laugh. I think some people thought it was a joke at first," said Landis.
But he's received mostly support from those he's done business with.
"I think a lot of people, they are involved in it here because it's benefited them and they think it can help other people," said Landis.
He admits this path is odd for a former professional athlete, but he's passionate about it and enjoys the process.
"I sort of saw the reaction and decided it was worth the risk to put my name on it and see what happens," said Landis.
Floyd's of Leadville will release an edible protect in the upcoming months.