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Tennessee’s 1st Hemp Dispensary Opens In Murfreesboro

The first hemp dispensary is open in Tennessee, and people are flocking to the Murfreesboro store to see if the cannabis plant can really help with their pain.

Imagine waking up in pain every morning, but with the help of mother nature, that pain could be greatly reduced.

Customers who ventured into Tennessee Hemp Supply said they found relief for their pain.

“I feel very relaxed. Usually I do a lot of physical work, I’m usually tensed up all the time. I actually feel loose,” said one customer.

Tennessee Hemp Supply is located at 1370 West Clark Boulevard in Murfreesboro. It’s the first hemp dispensary in the state.

Back in February, nearly two dozen stores were pad-locked in Operation Candy Crush. Rutherford County store owners were accused of selling illegal CBD products, but CBD is legal. Those stores have since re-opened, and Tennessee Hemp Supply owner, Trinity Mealor, said that’s part of the reason why he chose Murfreesboro.

“They’ve already been through the battle, seen that this is legal, and they’ve actually welcomed us in open arms,” said Mealor.

Mealor said he’s heard countless success stories, but the most heartwarming is when his product can relieve a child’s pain.

“It’s been quite emotional, honestly. People receive the benefits of it, and they come back and report to us that kids feel better, rashes are gone,” said Mealor.

So if you’re dealing with pain, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, or just want to relax, think about giving industrial hemp a try.

“What is the value of no side effects and pain relief? It’s priceless just about,” said Mealor.

The store sells hemp from Tennessee farms, and the hemp contains less than .03 percent of THC. If you smoke, ingest, or use CBD products derived from hemp, there are no psychoactive effects.

June 23 is the official grand opening, and anyone who comes in during the grand opening will receive 15 percent off their purchase.

The first hemp dispensary is open in Tennessee, and people are flocking to the Murfreesboro store to see if the cannabis plant can really help with their pain.

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