T WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny (KK) TODAY A RHODE ISLAND BASED HEALTH PRODUCTS COMPANY ANNOUNCED A NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH PATRIOT PLACE AND GILLETTE STADIUM. FORMER PATRIOTS TIGHT-END ROB GRONKOWSKI IS THE FACE OF THE CAMPAIGN… BACK IN AUGUST… GRONK ANNOUNCED HIS COLLABORATION WITH C-B-D MEDIC… AND HOW USING CBD WAS HELPING HIS POST-FOOTBALL RECOVERY. ALEXANDRA LESLIE WAS THERE FOR THIS MORNING’S ANNOUNCEMENT… AND HOW ITS CHANGING BOTH OF THOSE FOXBORO SPACES. IT’S NEW AT FIVE THIRTY THE ANNOUNCEMENT IS A FIRST OF ITS KIND COLLABORATION BETWEEN GILLETTE AND A CBD COMPANY… AND GRONK SAYS HE HOPES IT HELPS THE NFL CHANGE ITS MIND ABOUT ALLOWING THE USE OF CBD SO PLAYERS CAN BETTER MANAGE PAIN. “I want to make it 100 percent clear that I am not advocating for marijuana or for CBD, and not for partying, but for recovering.” FRIDAY, FORMER PATRIOTS TIGHT END ROB GRONKOWSKI WITH ANOTHER ANNOUNCEMENT WITH ABACUS HEALTH PRODUCTS, MAKER OF CBD MEDIC. IN AUGUST- GRONKOWSKI ANNOUNCED HE JOINED AS AN INVESTOR WITH THE COMPANY… AND APPEALED TO SPORTS GOVERNING BODIES TO CHANGE THEIR POSITION ON ALLOWING CBD. “All the confusion around CBD is an opportunity for us to educate in a big way.” “Cannbis has two species: marijuana and hemp. Our CBD is from hemp” PERRY ANTELMAN, CEO OF ABACUS HEALTH, SAYS THE PARTNERSHIP WITH GILLETTE AND PATRIOT PLACE MEANS SEVERAL THINGS. NEW SIGNAGE FOR CBDMEDIC WILL BE PLACED THROUGHOUT PATRIOT PLACE, OUTSIDE GILLETTE STADIUM ON BILLBOARDS, AND EVEN THE WATER TOWER. “Fans will also be able to get free product. Sample product will be handed out to the tens of thousands of fans here at every game.” GRONK WAS ASKED IF ADVOCATING FOR CBD MEANT HE’D ALSO ADVOCATE FOR THE USE OF POT IN THE LEAGUE. WHILE HE STOPPED SHORT OF DOING SO, HE SAYS HE UNDERSTANDS IT. “You gotta applaud ’em. I’m not adovcating for THC, but I would say they’re on the right path, too.” ACCORIDNG TO THE NFL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION, SYNTETHIC CANNABINOIDS ARE PROHIBITED, WITH THE ASSOCIATION SAYING THE USE COULD LIKELY TRIGGER A POSITIVE TEST RESULT. Of course, Gronk was also asked about his decision to retire, and a possible return to the NFL. He said he was at peace with the decision, but would want to have the option to get back into the game. I’m Alexandra Leslie, Eyewitness News.