By Matt McGregor
Staff Writer 

Hemp Having A Growing Local Impact


March 14, 2019

Matt McGregor

Cindy DeVoursney (left) and Catherine Artzt own and operate Brevard Hemp.

After two tours of duty in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army in the late 2000s, Justin Fisher battled with chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder and the effects of a minor, traumatic brain injury.

The 32-year-old Transylvania County resident worked in special operations teams and as a lead gunner for route clearance patrol, hunting improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

When he returned home, he spent seven years managing with prescription opiates he was prescribed by the Asheville VA Medical Center, until he discovered cannabidiol (CBD) a year-and-a-half ago.

"With the use of CBD, an...

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