The Hemp Farmacy opened on Aug. 10, 2018, and you better believe I was there to welcome it to town.
When I was a teenager and learned of a place in the world where cannabis use was tolerated – Amsterdam, Netherlands – I was shocked.
As is the case today, international drug treaties dating back to the early 1960s, overseen by the United Nations’ Office of Drugs and Crime, make cannabis illegal worldwide, putting every “legal” state and country at odds with that regulatory body.
When I was a teen, dreaming about visiting Amsterdam, I never thought I would see any kind of hemp or cannabis store in North Carolina, in part because of international prohibition. But even that may be changing.
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CBD, from “shitweed” to life saver
Charlotte has Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. She experienced her first seizure when she was only three months old. At the height of her suffering, she was experiencing multiple seizures each day, and some that lasted as long as four hours.
The pharmaceutical drugs her doctors prescribed not only weren’t helping the child, according to Charlotte’s mother, they were causing her child to stop breathing.
[See the embedded mini-documentary, an edited version of Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s “Weed” documentary produced by CNN.]
Critics reportedly asked the brothers why they would bother; who would want cannabis that didn’t get you high?
The brothers, knowing high-CBD cannabis was useful, began making CBD oil for Charlotte. It helped ease her symptoms immediately. Today, she is 11 years old and reportedly on a regular CBD regimen.
Now people with all sorts of health problems are using CBD oil to treat their conditions.
We’ve come a long way
Because I am a well-networked activist in the Carolinas I can tell you with confidence that it is because we’ve banned together and demanded access that The Hemp Farmacy was able to open in my hometown.
The store in my town is veteran-owned, and it’s clear that the owners are part of the greater community not just here to make a buck.
In my world, I am surrounded by active military and veterans, so when I learned that The Hemp Farmacy location was veteran-owned I was even more pleased.
Veterans stand to benefit from the end of prohibition in myriad ways.
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Charlotte’s Web started when seven brothers helped a little girl and her family. And now, after spending the better part of a decade advocating for everyone’s sovereign right to plant-based wellness, our family continues to grow, and our look is evolving. We remain consistent and true to our roots with our products, now we just show it on the outside. Learn more about why we updated our look via the link in our bio.
America’s veterans have given their all to protect this country — putting their bodies on the line regardless of the cost. Too many are now dealing with the side effects of their service, problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain. But increasingly, they are struggling to gain access to medication that could help them effectively cope with those side effects.
“Education before legalization”
The Hemp Farmacy in Fayetteville is owned by Tiffany and Ray Toler. They credit family and friends for helping them to realize their dream.
The store itself, located at 123 Person St., is small, but welcoming. The staff is knowledgeable and able to answer any questions you may have, and their prices are reasonable compared to their competitors.
Knowing that medical cannabis and recreational cannabis may also be on the way to North Carolina I asked the Tolers if they’re ready to become a medical dispensary once prohibition ends in our state.
The Tolers told me they are ready to expand once laws allow, however, they want to be clear that they adhere to the motto “education before legalization.”
Both owners said they aim to educate the public about all aspects of industrial hemp and CBD oil.
What can you find at The Hemp Farmacy?
You will also find CBD edibles like gummies and CBD chocolate. They even have coloring books for the kids.
The price range begins around $12 and goes up depending on what you’re looking for.
Taylor recently spoke at the Carolina Hemp Festival, in Raleigh, and encouraged the audience to first educate themselves, then their doctors, on the benefits of CBD.
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Prohibition is at its end
We have a long way to go.
Still, it’s thrilling to watch my neighbors in Fayetteville take a chance on something that may help our veterans live better, healthier lives. And our children and others who are ill, who, like Charlotte Figi, have suffered needlessly due to antiquated prohibition laws.
With that, I want to take a moment to offer my sincere thanks so all of you who have made it possible to purchase CBD in my home town.
Mike Weston* is a North Carolina-based freelance writer and cannabis activist focused on the cannabis industry in his home state.
*Not his real name. He will reveal his identity when cannabis prohibition ends in North Carolina.