We wake up each day with a single mission, help more people discover the healing potential of hemp and cannabis. A plant that saved the life of my father, along with countless other veterans and first responders.
- Nick Martin, Co-Founder & Director

Fighting to Liberate Cannabis & CBD Since 2011

There are over 20 million military veterans and tens of millions of active and retired first responders. In the shadows, a countless number of these heroes are desperately struggling with addiction to deadly drugs prescribed for service related injuries and psychological disorders. HeroGrown® Foundation is the preeminent organization fighting for their right to choose cannabis as a safe alternative. 

While risky prescription drugs are often free through the VA or insurance, heavily regulated and taxed marijuana can cost over $50 per day. We aim to make cannabis a viable alternative to prescription drugs by providing it free to veterans and first responders in need. We are also working to build a discount network around the country with licensed dispensaries.

American Heroes deserve the right to use the medicine of their choice without risking their job, medical benefits, or freedom. In addition to providing direct assistance to thousands of veterans and first responders, we work to stop employers, health insurers, and the government from discriminating against cannabis users.

Years in Service
Distributed to Heroes
Heroes Served
Our Programs
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    Warrior Airdrop is the cornerstone of HeroGrown's charitable operations. We send free CBD items directly to Veterans in need.

    CBD can help veterans overcome PTSD and pain caused by their service.

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    Through our affiliates, HeroGrown coordinates the donation of cannabis products to Veterans.

    HeroGrown gives free weed to veterans at events

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    We educate members and the public to raise awareness about the health benefits of cannabis.

    Grow for Vets founders talks to veterans about marijuana at an event

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    We work with lobbyists and state legislators to end the war on American Heroes who choose cannabis.

    Marijuana laws for veterans need to be changed.

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HeroGrown’s Roots

A proud family tradition of serving those who served.

HeroGrown® was co-founded by a father and son devoted to easing the suffering of military veterans.

Nick Martin — a medical cannabis advocate and cultivator based in Northern California — convinced his father, Roger Martin, to try cannabis as an alternative to prescription pain medicines. As a conservative U.S. Army veteran and former law enforcement officer, Roger was reluctant — but he recognized the toll the deadly opioids were taking on his body. Aided by his son’s support and home-grown cannabis, Roger was able to detox from VA-prescribed Oxycontin and Ambien in 2010. He credited cannabis with providing him a new lease on life.

Troubled by encounters with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and other serious medical conditions, the family began giving their home-grown medical cannabis to veterans in 2011. And in 2014, the group made national headlines by holding the world’s first cannabis giveaway event for veterans. Roger Martin served as director from 2014 until his death in June of 2020. Roger estimated he oversaw the distribution of $4,000,000 worth of medical cannabis and hemp CBD products to veterans.

In October of 2020, Nick Martin picked up the flag as Executive Director of HeroGrown Foundation. Nick has over a decade of experience in the cannabis industry as a cultivator, security consultant, and dispensary general manager. The proud son of an Army vet, and brother of two Navy vets, Nick also has a passion for helping America’s heroes. Nick, along with the entire HeroGrown team, is steadfastly committed to liberating cannabis across the country.