Our guest on TNM News this week is a veteran named Sean Kiernan, the CFO for Weed 4 Warriors.
The Weed For Warriors Project’s sole purpose is to advocate to the Veteran Affairs Administration on behalf of all Veterans. Founded in 2014, the project aims to allow Veterans the freedom to use medical marijuana as a recognized medical alternative to harmful psychiatric drugs without any discrimination. Sean Kiernan is the founder and president of Weed 4 Warriors and joins us today to tell us about their upcoming project – The Cannon Ball Run, a 7 state tour, where Weed 4 Warriors along with their sponsor, Magical Butter, will be hosting 5K runs aimed toward educating the public about the astonishing medical benefits and capabilities of cannabis, especially as they pertain to veterans.
About the Cannaball run
America’s veterans are calling for immediate life-saving action and will march down Pennsylvania Avenue on the upcoming holiday dedicated in their honor to place a pill bottle display at the gates of the White House. The effort will mark the culmination of a Coast to Coast tour requesting theDepartment of Veterans Affairs (VA) allow the nation’s troops to access cannabis as safe medication for pain and war trauma. The Cannaball Run, is “pulling all the stops to stop all the pills” in promoting cannabis as an alternative to addictive opiates such as OxyContin and hydrocodone.
“I went though 100 different treatments before I finally found out that cannabis might help for me and I would hope that veterans today would shorten that,” says Michael Krawitz, executive director of Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access.
Presented by several organizations including Weed for Warriors Project alongside Magical Butter,Patients Out of Time and the American Cannabis Nurses Association, the the ride will begin in Los Angeles October 17 and conclude in Washington, D.C. on Veterans Day. The event is a chance to spread the promises of cannabinoid therapy, particularly in realms of neuroprotective treatment, an area that could prove life-saving for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and brain trauma.
Bio on Sean Kiernan
Sean grew up in Northridge, California where he attended and graduated from Crespi High School in 1990. He enlisted in the US Army as a basic infantry grunt that jumped out of planes. After Airborne School, he was sent to Central America and stationed at Fort Davis, Panama. While overseas, he served in Bravo Company 5th Bn 87th Infantry as an M249 SAW Gunner when they lost a fellow Bravo Company soldier to a downed helicopter. In 1992, his fellow platoon member, Zak Hernandez, was ambushed and shot 24 times by the son of a well- connected Marxist politician who was never prosecuted. This was a well-publicized case that still haunts his fellow soldiers. After being honorably discharged in 1993, he attended the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and received a BS in Business Administration. I began working at Ernst & Young, JP Morgan and then at Caxton Associates, a hedge fund, until 2009. His department was closed as a result of the 2008 Wall Street collapse. Sean suffered from PTSD, attempted suicide and survived. This story was later by CNN’s Sanjay Gupta in “Weed 3.” His recovery was made possible by Cannabis. But then, his insurance was cancelled due to this “pre-existing” condition called PTSD.