How Hemp Benefits Local Communities in Wisconsin
After decades of prohibition, the 2018 Farm Bill removed industrial hemp from the list of federally restricted substances. Now that hemp crops are legal in most states, numerous industries are recognizing the considerable environmental and economic benefits. Fueled by consumer enthusiasm for hemp seed protein, hypoallergenic hemp fabrics, biodegradable hemp plastics, and hemp CBD products, the hemp industry is expected to generate as much as $22 billion by 2022. That translates to numerous investment opportunities, tens of thousands of jobs across multiple industries, and significant benefits for Wisconsin communities.
Local Support for Wisconsin’s Growing Hemp Industry
As of March 2019, our state Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection reported receiving more than 1400 applications for hemp cultivation and processing. Agencies have also noted an increase in national retailers and locally owned businesses providing hemp-derived products.
The local businesses owned and operated by your neighbors are typically more motivated than national chains to invest in communities. That commitment to community prosperity likely explains why local business owners:
- Are more likely to support other locally owned suppliers and service providers
- Return three times more money to their communities than national competitors
- Are more likely to make charitable contributions to area non-profits
- Keep 68% of every dollar you spend circulating within your community
- Are personally invested in providing high-quality products and excellent customer service
Although you may find a limited selection of hemp-derived products at a big-box retailer, you might wonder about the quality. You may also have questions requiring a considerable amount of product knowledge to answer. Indeed, the average sales associate is not likely trained to answer such questions.
It’s not their fault. Wisconsin once led the nation in hemp cultivation. However, decades of prohibition have clouded our collective memory. Wisconsin hemp retailers are filling the gaps by discussing the positive environmental and economic impact of hemp cultivation.
Wisconsin Hemp Retailer Supports Community
Hemp enthusiasts in La Crosse, Wisconsin, can find high-quality hemp products and answers to their most complex questions in one convenient location, CannaBiz Depot.
CannaBiz Depot carries one of the largest inventory of high-quality, third-party tested CBD products in the state. You’ll also find a large selection of hemp clothing and accessories, foods and beverages, bed, bath and beauty products, and honest, credible information about CBD and the hemp industry.
Local CannaBiz Depot owners Matt Boshcka, Brady Blankenship, and Scott Anderson have a clear mission, to provide customer-driven leadership in the hemp retail market while supporting the community they serve. These local business owners are fulfilling their goal of community support by:
Donating Funds to Eliminate School Lunch Debt
Nearly 75% of our nation’s schools report student meal debt. Quite often, parents facing financial difficulty don’t meet the income requirements to qualify for state or federal benefits. By donating to help pay school lunch debt, CannaBiz Depot helps relieve the financial burden on area parents and local school systems.
Donating to Local Animal Shelters
Animal shelters rely on donations from the communities they serve to offset the high cost of care. By donating to local animal shelters, CannaBiz Depot is supporting an essential service for animals that have nowhere else to go. Many animals housed in shelters eventually find loving homes.
Donating to Area Homeless Shelters
Although local organizations are working diligently to end homelessness in the community, hundreds of people in La Crosse rely on shelters. This is particularly true during the harsh Wisconsin winter months. Charitable donations from CannaBiz Depot help local homeless shelters keep their doors open.
Donating to Charitable Events
Many local charities request donations from area businesses to entice contributions or thank volunteers for their service. To help support charities benefitting their community, CannaBiz Depot donates hundreds of dollars worth of gift cards each month. These donations support local fundraising efforts while providing new opportunities to promote hemp-derived products when recipients redeem their cards.
Discounts for Armed Service Veterans
Numerous businesses in La Crosse support local veterans by offering a discount on products and services. While some companies offer discounts on certain days of the week, CannaBiz Depot offers military veterans a daily discount. When presenting a veteran’s service card, veterans of the Armed Forces save 15%.
How Cannabis in Wisconsin Benefits Local Communities
While many companies began selling CBD products in 2014 under state pilot programs, federal legalization has led to a dramatic increase in retail chains. When you purchase hemp products from a local retailer invested in the welfare of its residents, a significant portion of every dollar you spend stays in your community.
To support the community efforts of CannaBiz Depot in La Crosse, WI, you can visit our store at 200 4th Street or shop online. At CannaBiz Depot, we take great pride in the quality of our merchandise, our knowledge of industrial hemp products, and our dedication to the wellbeing of the community we serve.