It is often rare to find people who can genuinely say they love what they do, but for Manny, this comes easy. As for what’s made it all worth it? His patients, of course. And also, the long-winded journey it took to get here. As a 20-year Army Veteran, he served in Iraq as a Communication and Security Technician. Ever since, Manny, his wife, and two children have called the Florida Panhandle home. His passion for medical marijuana truly took off when he had the opportunity to experience things as a patient. But what he didn’t know at the time was that this passion would soon blossom into a new career path. After getting his foot in the door as a delivery driver for Surterra back in 2018, he worked his way up to Assistant Manager for the Fort Walton Beach store. From there, he served as Inventory Manager for MuV, and now, as Cannabis Educator for Kaya Life, he hopes to help people achieve the same benefits and improved quality of life as he has experienced in his own. “I truly enjoy discussing cannabis with people and seeing that light bulb go on when they are able to connect the dots,” says Manny. “Being able to assist people in finding a better quality of life is a true pleasure.


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