Veteran Activist/ Cofounder of the NJ Cannabis Commission
Leo Bridgewater Sr. was born and raised in Trenton NJ. He attended Trenton Central High School graduating in 1994. In 2001 Leo enlisted into the United States Army in response to the September 11 attacks in New York City and Washington DC. Leo spent 5 years as a Telecommunications specialist with multiple deployments to Iraq. In 2005 Leo served as a member of the NTMI-J6 staff in Baghdad Iraq where he worked for then Lt. General David Patreaus and Admiral Mike Mullins. Leo separated from the Army in 2006 and spent 2 ½ years working for the Dept. of the Army at the Pentagon in Washington DC. As a Department of Defense Contractor serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Leo has worked for companies like L- 3 Communications, ITT systems, and Excellis.
Having had 3 battle buddies attempt suicide and 2 being successful. The number of Veteran suicides per day (22) is an issue Leo finds to be totally unacceptable. Leo’s advocacy has seen him testify in NJ Senate Committee to have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) added to the NJ Medical Marijuana Program. In September of 2016 NJ Gov. Chris Christie signed bill S-2345 adding PTSD to the NJMMP. Leo currently serves as NJ Chapter President of Minorities for Medical Marijuana and is Sub Committee chair of Minorities with the New Jersey Cannabusiness Association. Leo has partnered with organizations like Coalition Medical Marijuana New Jersey, Drug Policy Alliance, The Americans Civil Liberties Union, I Deserve Canna, Cannabis Cultural Association, and Weed 4 warriors project Trenton NJ Chapter. Leo has testified in NJ Senate Committee for bill S3195 The Taxation and regulation of cannabis for adult use.
Signaling his evolution as Advocate/Entrepreneur to the Cannabis Industry in NJ. As Co-founder of the NJ Cannabis Commission Leo hopes to be a vessel by which the industry works through in the state of New Jersey. Leo is married to LaShona Bridgewater, PhD and has two children: Leo Jr., 10 and Langston Kenneth, 1 year old.