How Is This Entrepreneur Mom Legally Selling Strain of Medical Marijuana?

By Heather Callaghan

Somewhere in an unknown South Carolina location, Janel Ralph is preparing a new company called Palmetto Synergistic Research, specializing in CBD (cannabidiol) oil from cannabis. She optimistically anticipates full-scale production and sales in 6 months. Her CBD oil contains 2,000 milligrams of CBD (20mg per ml). She calls her 100% organic supplement that uses the premium part of the Cannabis Sativa L plant an essential oil. This mom is truly forging the way in South Carolina. 

The Carolinas have the door mostly shut on medical marijuana and its decriminalization. However, South Carolina does have some vague allowances for hemp production and, from it, CBD oil with .3% or less of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is heavily studied in its own right for its medicinal benefits; however, it remains vastly illegal due to its psychoactive quality.

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Non-psychoactive CBD oil maintains the remedial cannabidiol benefits, which makes it ideal to use with children. Janel used CBD oil for her daughter Harmony’s seizures. When she kept running out of options to find it (most parents go to the black market), and her daughter regressed without it, she became determined to legally become a producer. There are also companies selling fake or low-quality options as she would discover.

She told WBTV news:

So I said, ‘Forget this. I’m done. I’m doing it myself’. I was just so frustrated. We’re talking about a hemp product. Let’s be real. This is CBD oil. CBD oil! It’s not a product high in THC. And yet, I couldn’t find it to give to my daughter. I was constantly begging people out in areas where it’s legal to find what they could and give it to us. Like some ‘Mommy Network.’ And it just got to the point where I was the one who needed this for my child, so I realized either I do it myself or sit back and be taken advantage of.”

“You can’t get high on what I’m making.” she said. But she cannot disclose her location, her legal name or what she produces to others because there would immediately be criminal activity onsite due to illicit and misguided perceptions. Even law enforcement and the Agricultural Department do not know the guidelines for licensed hemp production, unfortunately. Fears remain. With so many holes in the law, the shrugging shoulders from officials and no specifics – how was she to start production?

From WBTV news:

Throughout her research, Ralph realized South Carolina had cut-and-pasted much of its hemp oil bill from Kentucky’s hemp oil bill, which is a little more specific. So Ralph went to Kentucky, found a grower there who was “licensed” through the Agriculture Department in Kentucky, made him ten percent part business owner with her, and has now been able to tell South Carolina legislature – in multiple appearances before state representatives – she is following the law.

Ralph sank everything – heart and soul – into the production that will take place in both a 25,000 square-foot greenhouse and 2,500 square-foot processing facility. Whenever she sees her daughter and realizes how much other people and their children need the oil, she realizes it was worth it all. She already has 65 customers and the oil is sold at two stores.

Visit her company website! 

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Heather Callaghan is a natural health blogger and food freedom activist. You can see her work at and Like at Facebook.

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