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SC "Hemping" Up

Eric McClam
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio
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The hemp business continues to grow in South Carolina.  The latest evidence comes from a press release we came across recently announcing a new collaboration in Columbia utilizing 45,000 square feet of greenhouses to produce hemp seeds, clones and transplants and a goal of creating 40 new jobs.

Mike Switzer interviews Eric McClam, a co-owner at City Roots Farm in Columbia, who is partnering with a Columbia hemp company, Brackish Solutions, to form Cannetics, an industrial hemp seed and genetics company.

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.