More veterans parlaying military skills into cannabis careers
Chad Drew considers himself a veteran of not only the Air Force but also the cannabis industry. The 41-year-old is sales manager at the Colorado Harvest Company, a chain of dispensaries in metro Denver.
And he believes his decision to get into legal cannabis as a profession eight years ago, after leaving the service and then finishing college, was helped by his time in the armed forces.
“The military totally played a part in it,” he told The Cannabist, when asked how he got hired. “When you serve, you come from a different cut of cloth. It instills a lot of discipline within you.”
According to a recent American Legion survey, an overwhelming number of veterans support both medical marijuana legalization and further research – as a treatment option for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic pain and other ailments, and as an alternative to prescription pharmaceuticals that have potentially harmful side-effects and addiction risks.
But that support of cannabis by veterans extends beyond politics and into the workplace, especially when it comes to job creation.Air Force veteran Chad Drew has been working for Colorado Harvest Company since January 2014. He ’ s currently a sales manager. (Courtesy of Chad Drew)
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