Man receiving medical marijuana seeks work at local cannabis company


On Monday hundreds of people signed up to be a part of Louisiana’s growing medical marijuana industry. Among that group was one man that said medical marijuana saved his life. 

If someone looked at Trey Bennett, they wouldn’t think he underwent a life-changing accident but behind closed doors he says he’s experienced extensive pain.

“I was actually hit by a school bus and run off the road into a tree,” Bennett said. 

After his accident in 2003 Bennett says he was given medication to help to ease his pain. Unfortunately, instead of making him feel better, he says he became addicted.

It wasn’t until medical marijuana became legal in Louisiana that things started to get better.

“It [has] been a relief to be off other medications and just using medical marijuana,” he said. “It also helps with sleep and many other symptoms.”  

Bennett was one of hundreds of people at Southern University applying to work for Ilera Holistic Healthcare, one of the state’s medical marijuana growers.

“This is a pioneering industry and so the qualifications will depend of the individual and their ability to learn onsite,”Chanda Macias, CEO of Ilera Holistic Healthcare, said. 

With two months of medical marijuana under his belt, Bennett says he’s looking forward to living a life that no longer involves pain and hopes the cannabis does the same for others that are taking it. 

“I feel a lot of liberation and a lot more free to be a real person instead of either in pain or in a state that I don’t want to be in,” Bennett said. 

Representatives from Ilera say those that weren’t available to come to apply in person can apply online. 

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