Armany Richardson-Peterson, co-owner of The Hemp Source and an organizer for the Carolina Hemp Festival in Raleigh, is our guest on this week’s Carolina Cannabis News podcast.

Last year, Richardson-Peterson’s farming family grew 10 acres of hemp outside and more in a 3,500 sf indoor grow. This year they’re expanding to 100 acres outside and an acre inside. And in a short time, The Hemp Source has expanded to eight stores in several states. (Find a location near you.)

“The most important thing is knowing where your product comes from, especially in regard to your health,” says Richardson-Peterson, who lives on the farm where her company’s hemp is grown. That’s one reason, she says, why The Hemp Source is seed-to-shelf, or vertically integrated. Not only does her company grow and extract the hemp, but they’ve even created their own hemp strain, Ocean Blue.

In this podcast, we discuss women in the cannabis industry and her regular Women of Sativa gatherings, the future of the Carolina Hemp Festival, the importance of social media, why people shouldn’t buy CBD products at gas stations (seriously — don’t), banking woes and much more. Richardson-Peterson also describes her company’s work with law enforcement, educating them on hemp and CBD products, before the opening of each of The Hemp Source’s stores.

By trade, Richardson-Peterson is a general contractor. She lets us in on plans for a hempcrete/ hemp-adobe community she’s planning in Zebulon, N.C., close to her farm and The Hemp Source’s headquarters in nearby Wendell.

Richard-Peterson also mentions that her husband, Charles, was honored at MJBiz Conference in Las Vegas last fall. Why? The Hemp Source is considered the first Black-owned vertically integrated — seed-to-sale — company in the United States.

We also spend a good deal of time talking about hemp- and CBD-edibles during this Feb. 1 taping — Richardson-Peterson has a terrific brownie recipe, y’all!

Now, 10 days later, North Carolina processors are waiting to receive letters from the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. (Read a draft copy of the letter here.) The “education before enforcement” letter is in line with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Dec. 20 memo, issued following the signing of the farm bill.

Ironically, just before we began our recording news broke that the World Health Organization recommends completely descheduling CBD and further that international cannabis policy regarding high-THC cannabis should be reformed, too.

… plans for a hempcrete/ hemp-adobe community she’s planning in Zebulon, N.C.

BY Rhiannon Fionn

BY Rhiannon Fionn

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Rhiannon Fionn is an award-winning journalist based in Charlotte, N.C.