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Tennessee Hemp Supply, a hemp dispensary, opens store in Murfreesboro

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A chalkboard inside Tennessee Hemp Supply, which recently opened in Murfreesboro, details some of the items available for sale. (Photo: Mariah Timms/DNJ) Buy Photo

Sheryl Young has been trying to find a way to lower her reliance on narcotic drugs after several back surgeries.

After visiting a local pain clinic on Monday, she stopped by Tennessee Hemp Supply in hopes of finding something to help.

“My son told me about this place, and I said, ‘Baby, I’ll try anything’ to get back to enjoying life,” the 50-year-old Christiana resident said.

Trinity Mealor is pictured at Tennessee Hemp Supply answering callers questions about hemp. His phone had been ringing off the hook since the store opened. (Photo: Tom Beckwith/For the DNJ)

Tennessee Hemp Supply touts itself as first Tennessee-grown hemp dispensary in the state. Murfreesboro Daily News Journal

Located at 1370 W. Clark Boulevard in Murfreesboro, the store touts itself on being the first Tennessee-grown hemp dispensary in the state. Owner Trinity Mealor opened the doors June 9 and has had nearly 200 people come to the store since then.

“At the moment, we have a monopoly, but that’s only for a month, maybe two,” he said, “and that’s a good thing. As the harvests come in, more people will have more access to products that can help them.”

Mealor is starting small. He has an exclusive partnership with a Tennessee farm, and is selling from the first approved hemp crop of the year.

Mealor is working to expand the product range with CBD and industrial hemp items from companies he vets. THS currently sells a body butter topical ointment, water-soluble doses and several strains of cannabis flowers tested as meeting the guidelines for industrial hemp.

Owners of stores padlocked in “Operation Candy Crush” are holding the line and sticking together.

Why Tennessee Hemp Supply chose Murfreesboro

“This is a growing community, and we’ve been welcomed with open arms,” Mealor said. “And now that they’ve actually been through the battle (with Operation Candy Crush)…they understand hemp, understand CBD, the legalities of it.”

In February, investigators raided and padlocked nearly two dozen local businesses as part of Operation Candy Crush. Stores were accused of illegally selling candy and other items containing CBD.

A poster located inside Tennessee Hemp Supply touts the benefits of CBD. The story opened June 9 in Murfreesboro. (Photo: Mariah Timms/DNJ)

CBD is the common abbreviation for cannabidiol, one of many chemicals found in cannabis, also known as marijuana. When extracted, CBD typically does not contain THC, the psychoactive elements of marijuana.

Operation Candy Crush indictments labeled CBD and a Schedule VI drug.

Charges against the store owners were later dropped. The stores eventually reopened, but in the weeks that followed, owners said their reputations took a hit.

Tennessee Hemp Supply, a hemp dispensary, opened a store in Murfreesboro. The CBD-containing products are all grown in Tennessee. (Photo: Tom Beckwith/For the DNJ)

Who benefits from CBD?

Mealor said his store is for “anybody and everybody that needs some sort of wellness.”

So far, he’s seen customers suffering from post-surgery pain, PTSD, rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic issues.

“Have in mind what your symptoms are and what you need help with and I’m pretty sure we have something that can help you,” Mealor said.

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Since Tennessee allowed the production of industrial hemp in the state, research into the product has grown.

“This is a great option that Tennessee has brought to its citizens in allowing hemp to be grown in the state of Tennessee,” Mealor said. “We want to provide some Tennessee-grown wellness.”

Young said she’s ready to get back to a normal life, something her prescriptions don’t allow her to do at this time.

“It sounds crazy, but I miss working. I just want to stop taking this heavy medicine and spend time with my grandkids,” she said.

Tennessee Hemp Supply touts itself as first Tennessee-grown hemp dispensary in the state

Tennessee Hemp Supply adds Clarksville business location

Legal hemp for medicinal smoking, sold at Tennessee Hemp Supply (Photo: JImmy Settle/The Leaf-Chronicle) Buy Photo

A new Clarksville business is promoting natural “Tennessee-grown” wellness through the healing properties of hemp, minus the “high” associated with extracts for marijuana use.

The products retailed at Tennessee Hemp Supply, 2680 Trenton Road, are safe, proven and legal, says Trinity Mealor, president and CEO.

Water-soluble hemp “chill pills” (Photo: Jimmy Settle/The Leaf-Chronicle)

The chief ingredient and common denominator in Tennessee Hemp Supply’s wide range of natural health products is CBD, short for Cannabidiol, which is extracted from hemp.

“We’re trying to focus our attention on educating the community on the benefits and applications of CBD,” Mealor said. “CBD is an active chemical compound that’s found in the cannabis plant, and these are all good, effective products.

“CBD doesn’t get you high, and medical studies show the health benefits of it,” he said.

Tennessee Hemp Supply has business locations in Murfreesboro, Shelbyville and Cookeville, along with the 1,200-square-foot Clarksville location. Further expansion plans are on the table.

This year marks the first that Tennessee has allowed farmers to grow high-CBD hemp in their crops for processing.

“Most clientele have never used CBD before and come to us looking to be educated about a natural supplement that can help with numerous health issues, or want to start a daily regimen to a healthier lifestyle,” Mealor said.

Some of the key CBD-based products that Tennessee Hemp Supply sells include “Bell Buckle Body Butter” designed to relieve pain and inflammation, a roll-on “pain-repellent” formula, water-soluble “Chill Pills” intended for reducing anxiety and physical pain, and, Mealor noted, there are items specially designed for reducing anxiety in pets.

Tennessee Hemp Supply can ship most of its products to all 50 states.

For more information, visit www.tennesseehempsupply.com .

Reach Business Editor Jimmy Settle at 931-245-0247 and on Twitter @settle_leaf.

Natural, 'Tennessee-grown wellness' that won't get you high, owner says