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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Military Veterans Are Finding Careers, Community, Purpose, and Treatment in the Cannabis Industry

How Cannabis Helps Military Veterans

“When I was in the military, cannabis was never a thought for me. It’s not an option and it’s very taboo,” says former Marine Captain and cannabis pioneer Ben Madden. “As you probably know, cannabis use is grounds for immediate dismissal from the service.”

When Madden was still active in the military, he was deployed to the Persian Gulf in 2011 with fellow Marine Aeron Sullivan, who later founded the online cannabis marketplace Tradiv. The two didn’t know it then, but around four years later they would be operating the world’s largest wholesale cannabis e-commerce platform together. The distribution platform connects cultivators, product manufacturers, and dispensaries in a streamlined and automated fashion. It’s essentially the Amazon for wholesale cannabis, but just for business-to-business (B2B) purposes.

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