WEST COLOMBIA – An artisanal CBD store wants to take over Comedy Closet’s former location in western Colombia.
Veteran Botanical Group, a veteran-owned company, plans to make and sell its own CBD oil, vape pens and cartridges, as well as CBD-infused products, such as chocolate and lollipops. The company must overcome a hurdle with the city’s zoning appeal board before it can move forward.
The building, located at 735 Meeting Street near WECO Bottle and Biergarten, sits on a plot that is not zoned for light manufacturing. Co-owner John Thorne, from Columbia, said the company plans to have a kitchen, production and packaging area on site.
The Zoning Appeal Board will consider an exception for the Veteran Botanical Group at its October 26 meeting.
Veteran Botanical Group is focused on promoting CBD products for health and wellness, such as providing a natural alternative to inflammation medications, Thorne said. His co-owners, also based in South Carolina, include other veterans who served with him in deployments to Afghanistan, Bosnia, Cuba and Iraq.
âWe have people who have been doing good things for the community for a long time, and we want to be able to do that through this business as well,â Thorne said.
The manufacture and sale of CBD oil and other hemp-based products is legal in South Carolina. State and federal laws only allow CBD oil and products with a THC concentration – the psychoactive component of cannabis – below 0.3%.
Private hemp CBD-focused businesses quickly spread across South Carolina after the state legalized CBD in 2017. West Columbia already has several CBD stores, including some on Meeting Street.