Tinctures, Oils, Creams, and Supplements Added
In January, Bobby Isbell added some cannabis products for sale on the Baldrock Hemp Farm website. These are all sold under the Baldrock brand. The processing for the tinctures is done by a company in Salem, a small community between Auburn and Columbus, Ga. While we don't endorse any particular cannabidoil products or sellers--and don't sell any ourselves--we're glad to see ACIA members expanding into direct-to-consumer sales.
Planning to Plant Soon
Bobby also told us he's been approved for growing cannabis again this year. It' will be the third year that he's included cannabis in his farming, which is mostly chickens. In 2019, he planted 6 acres. But last year and this year, the farm will have 4 acres of cannabis.
"It's a lot of work," said Bobby. He wants to keep the operation small enough for him, his wife, his son, and his daughter-in-law to operate, keeping it a family-owned and family-operated farm.
In 2020, Bobby sent much of his crops to A&M Scientific, a testing and processing operation in Huntsville. This shows that Alabama benefited from 2 points of the circle: grower in Alabama and processor in Alabama.
Bobby said he would like to grow cannabis for medical use in Alabama, which is not allowed by law. It is in Florida and Arkansas, but not yet in Alabama. This is why he is an ACIA member. Our work is to inform politicians and the public of the economic and health benefits of medical cannabis.
Alabama Is the Right Place to Grow
Bobby said that Alabama has the right conditions for growing the cannabis plant, at least in the parts of the state with sandy-loam soil, which he has at his farm in Odenville. The plant likes the climate here, he said.