Izaak Thibodeaux – Founder and President
Zaak was born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana where he currently resides with his wife, Marlena, and 9-year old son. After serving almost 9-years as an Army Combat Medic, Zaak was medically retired due to severe injuries sustained during combat operations in Afghanistan.
Zaak struggled immensely with his transition from the military, feeling a sense of lost purpose while simultaneously attempting to rebuild his mental well-being. After years of struggling, Zaak found strength and purpose in volunteering with Team Rubicon for disaster relief following Hurricane Harvey. He realized then that helping others in need was what was missing in his life.
Zaak’s interest in medical cannabis came only after several physically invasive treatments, surgeries, and the being prescribed countless combinations of prescription drugs, all without success. As a former medic, Zaak knew there had to be a better option and began looking into alternative treatments.
After extensive research and talking with other veterans who used medical cannabis to treat their symptoms, Zaak decided to try medical cannabis, and in his words “It literally saved my life”. Zaak founded Cannabis for Warriors with one simple vision, to save his fellow brothers and sisters lives with the healing powers of medical cannabis, and that continues to push his work today.
Christopher Lamy – Director of Public Relations
Chris grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and has lived in Covington since 2016 with his Wife, Shana, and two daughters. Chris and his family decided to make Covington their home after ten years and five overseas deployments in the Air Force, where he worked as a K9 handler and training manager. Chris is currently pursuing his law degree from the LSU Law Center and is set to graduate in May of 2020. He plans to use his legal education and leadership skills to remain a strong voice of positive change in the veteran community.
Chris is already an active leader in the veteran community, on the state and national level, while remaining in the top 30% of his LSU law class. As a founding officer of the LSU Law Center Veteran’s Advocacy Club, Chris is working directly with the law center administration to establish a Veterans Legal Clinic, which will provide free legal advice and services to veterans in the Baton Rouge community.
Chris’ involvement and interest in cannabis stemmed from his struggles with chronic pain and post-traumatic stress resulting from multiple overseas deployments during his time in service. Frustrated with the lack of success from countless prescribed medications, Chris began conducting his own research and took more control of his mental and physical well-being. As Chris continued to explore and research, he began to realize the enormous amount of false information and misconceptions surrounding the cannabis plant. Chris vowed to advocate and educate anyone who would listen using facts and experience to dispel these falsities and misconceptions.
Jay Holcombe (aka Safety-Jay) – First Responder Liason
Jay was born and raised in Covington and continues to enjoy this peaceful community with his wife Courtney and son. As you would expect from a hometown boy, Jay is an active participant and leader in several local professional organizations and community involvement programs. He serves as Vice President of the Louisiana Fire Prevention Chiefs Association, serves on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Arson Association, Volunteers with Miracle League Northshore and is an active member of the St. John fools Misrule twelfth, just to name a few.
Jay has spent the last 22 years as a safety professional, compiling an impressive record as a safety advisor, investigator and instructor. Jay maintains current certifications as an emergency medical technician and a P.O.S.T. certified police officer, along with the necessary certifications required for his current position as a fire prevention officer and fire investigator. In this position, Safety-Jay continues to perform valuable services for the citizens of Louisiana by conducting fire & life safety inspections and educating the local community which he serves. Prior to his current position, Jay spent 5 years traveling between Trinidad, Brazil, Mexico, and the United States as an Occupational Health and Safety Officer for an offshore oil company.
In late 2016, following a severe automobile accident, Jay started researching the potential of CBD products to treat anxiety and chronic pain. Through this research, Jay found that by properly utilizing CBD products, he could drastically reduce the amount of prescribed medications to manage his symptoms. Today, Jay continues to use CBD products and is an advocate for medical cannabis. Due to his position with the Fire Department, medical cannabis is not an option and could lead to termination. However, Jay plans to continue to educate and advocate for CBD and medical cannabis as an alternative to the harsh pharmaceuticals currently being prescribed to treat mental and physical conditions.