The Battlefield Foundation Is Providing Military Veterans Jobs in the Cannabis Industry

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HEALTH byZach Harris | EMail | phone

One veteran’s marijuana success story is leading the way for a whole community of soldiers.

Roberto Pickering came back from war debilitated. The ex-marine sniper was diagnosed with severe PTSD when he returned home in 2004, and has spent the past 13 years learning how to cope. Now, with the help of yoga, buddhism, nutrition, and cannabis, Pickering has created the Battlefield Foundation, a non-profit organization that connects veterans with the cannabis industry and researchers studying marijuana and post-traumatic-stress-disorder. 

"Vets are coming back from war, and now they have a war here in America to fight. The enemy is suicide and an opioid epidemic, and these guys are getting healed in the very industry that's eliminating that," Pickering told the LA Weekly in a recent interview. "They're finding themselves through employment, finding confidence again, contributing to a greater plant that's helping end the opioid epidemic in this country."

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