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A "Cousin" of Medical Marijuana Could Prosper in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - This is a hemp processing plant in North Carolina, and we may soon see more facilities like it in West Virginia. Representatives of Tyson Ranch, based in California, were in Charleston Monday talking about expanding into the Mountain State.

"We came in with the intent of acquiring as much land, or looking into co-opting on land. We need to get farmers educated to teach them how to grow at a higher rate, to grow at a more profitable rate for themselves, which only help them, it helps their families," said Rob Hickman, of Tyson Ranch.

One location that may be looked at is the old Hobet mine site in Boone and Lincoln Counties. Hemp can bring in lots more money if it is turned in to medical oils and creams like C-B-D, as Tyson Ranch produces. 

"There is a lot of anecdotal evidence where people say, you know, that they put a CBD oil or cream on their knee and see significant pain relief," said Dr. Clint Hill, an Orthopedic Surgeon.

CBD and hemp oil differ from medical cannabis, in that the do not have significant THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Many believe this a great economic growth opportunity for West Virginia.

"The sooner that we can get some extraction facilities in here and get this hemp game up and running, the better off every patient in West Virginia is going to be," said Rusty Williams, a medical cannabis advocate.

Tyson Ranch was founded by former boxer Mike Tyson.

"While hemp oil and CBD are legal in West Virginia and continue to grow in sales, the state's medical marijuana law is in trouble over a banking issue and  no one knows if or when it will every go into effect," said Mark Curtis, 13 News Chief Political Reporter.


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