Georgia, South Carolina companies team up for smokable hemp distribution

Hemp companies in Georgia and South Carolina have announced a joint venture to produce smokable hemp and tobacco substitutes for some 46,000 convenience stores.

Verde Leaf, based in Atlanta, is partnering with The Alpine Hemp Group, based in Charleston, South Carolina. The joint venture, called Verde Alpine Venture Group, plans to place smokable hemp cigarettes and other hemp products in up to 46,000 gas stations, convenience stores and family stores.

The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Verde Leaf CEO Jackson Garth told Hemp Industry Daily that the joint venture will bring hemp products under four co-branded labels to stores that include Circle K and Citgo. The products should launch this summer.

Verde Leaf contracts with farmers to produce hemp. The company has about 1,000 acres devoted to the smokable-product joint venture, Garth said.