Hemp business hopes to boost local economy

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - National Business Week celebrates the contributions of small business owners across the country. In Parkersburg, a new business hopes to introduce a different resource to the area's economy.

J. Morgan Leach and his business partner turned their fascination with industrial hemp into a business called "Hemp Picks." They sell hemp-based products such as food, oils, protein, supplements, and even apparel.

The business has been based out of Point Park Marketplace in Parkersburg for its first weeks of operation.

Leach believes industrial hemp could potentially be an asset to the area.

"Our goal is to educate society about all of the history and heritage that we have with industrial hemp," he said.

"This is a time where West Virginia is struggling and so we really need new industry and I think that hemp can really be a big part of that."

The products are sold online at https://www.hemp-picks.com/.

National Small Business Week ran from April 30 to May 6.

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