SPRINGFIELD — On Jan. 17, 6 Brick’s cannabis dispensary donated $2,000 to support programs that assist veterans through the Patton Alliance for Veterans, a nonprofit organized by the descendants of famed WWI and WWII General George S. Patton Sr. and General George S. Patton Jr.

Robert “Bob” H. Patton is chairman and co-founder of Green Meadows, which, like 6 Brick’s, is a family-owned cannabis company in Massachusetts that produces cannabis and cannabis products, and has two dispensaries.

6 Brick’s carries Green Meadow products and, during last November, had a fundraiser for the veterans nonprofit through the sale of Green Meadow products. 6 Brick’s also contributed to the nonprofit.

Payton Shubrick, founder and CEO of 6 Brick’s, said the donation was in line with dispensary’s goal of 2024 to “refocus attention to stores and brands that are doing good in the state of Massachusetts.”
She added, “Green Meadows has been a phenomenal partner to us.”

Patton said, “My grandfather commanded troops in two world wars and my father did the same in both Korea and Vietnam. The psychological toll of combat was less understood in those days. We strongly believe that cannabis can give relief to many sufferers of post-traumatic stress and provide long term pain relief while being an alternative to habit-forming and deadly opioids. We are proud to dedicate some of our revenue to supporting veterans and are honored that the Shubricks and 6 Brick’s are dedicated to this same mission.”

Patton told the group assembled for the announcement, including state Sen. Jake Oliveira (D-Ludlow) and Springfield City Councilors Melvin Edwards and Zaida Govan, that cannabis and its associated health benefits provide a “common ground” that transcends political belief and age.

He added that veteran issues have the same effect. He observed how veterans of the Vietnam War were reviled by some members of the public when they returned from the war, which he explained was due to “misplaced anger.”

Today, the attitude is different. Supporting veterans is “something that brings people together.”
He said his family created the Patton Alliance for Veterans about a year ago to formalize the family’s philanthropy. Two of the groups the Alliance supports include StopSoliderSuicide.org and the Black Veterans Project.

For more information about the Alliance, go to gmpav.org.

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