BY MARIE LODI
STIIIZY may be known for its high-quality, 20-strain disposable pods, sleek cannabis vape line, and edibles, but the cannabis brand also has quite an interesting origin story. When Southern California native James Kim started STIIIZY in 2017, he was inspired by his homestate’s diverse culture and lifestyle. Even its name has the spirit of SoCal in it—as Kim explains, the brand’s moniker was inspired by the slang term “steez,” which refers to the convergence of style and ease.
But becoming involved in the cannabis industry was even more meaningful for Kim. Before launching STIIIZY and forming the Shryne Group, Kim served in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, during a 13-month tour in Iraq. Like many other military vets, he was burdened with post-traumatic stress as a result of his deployment. When he returned home, he sought a solution for his PTSD, and that’s where cannabis came in. “I traded in the opioids prescribed by doctors for a more natural remedy in cannabis,” Kim says, adding, “cannabis helped me manage my anger and transition more easily into civilian life.”
Through STIIIZY, Kim has been able to give back to his fellow vets. The brand has recently been working with a foundation called Battle Brothers, which helps veterans by supporting personal development, physical and mental wellbeing and economic upward mobility. STIIIZY is also launching a new camo battery and donating 20% of the proceeds to Battle Brothers in the month of November for National Veterans and Military Families Month. “We believe cannabis can make a positive difference in veterans lives,” Kim says.
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