Warren Bobrow=WB: Please inform me about where you are from?
Jim Higdon=JH: I grew up in Lebanon, Kentucky– about an hour south of Louisville.
WB: How would you explain it to someone who is not from Kentucky, or the closest they got remained in a glass of bourbon!
JH: For a scotch enthusiast, I can point to the red wax on a bottle of Maker’s Mark and say, “I’m from there.” My grandma was born in your house on the Maker’s Mark distillery home that is now the welcome center for visitors on the Bourbon Trail. If you’ve been to the Maker’s Mark distillery, you have actually been to my grandmother’s youth house.
WB: What brought you to the hemp business?
JH: My home town, in addition to being at the heart of Kentucky bourbon culture, also occurred to be the head office for an criminal band of cannabis growers called the Cornbread Mafia. In Between 1985 and 1989, seventy males from central Kentucky were arrested on 30 farms in 10 states with what the police stated was 200 lots of marijuana. I went away to school to become an author, initially to Brown and then to the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. I then returned house to write the definitive story on the Cornbread Mafia as a narrative nonfiction book. From the book’s success, I became a journalist covering marijuana policy for POLITICO, the Washington Post, and other outlets. That work led me to the opportunity to launch Cornbread Hemp.
WB: Why a Cannabis item?
JH: My profession course led me straight to this minute. Due to the fact that of my book-writing background and my track record as a marijuana journalist, I was perfectly positioned to make the leap into the business side with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill.
WB: What was your course to the plant?
JH: I prevented the plant in high school. While studying abroad, I turned 19 in Amsterdam. After that, things weren’t the exact same.
WB: Do you have a mentor? Who is it?
JH: In 2018, I profiled Trey Zoeller of Jefferson’s Bourbon for Entrepreneur Publication He’s the mad scientist behind Jefferson’s Ocean, which is bourbon aged at sea. In the course of interviewing him, I discovered how he interrupted the bourbon market with a new method of believing that gotten in touch with the market in unexpected methods. He’s a good example who taught me how to take part in company by solving problems in innovative ways.
WB: Why Cornbread Hemp?
WB: How do you make your cornbread? Do you utilize Anson Mills grains?
JH: If we’re talking cornbread, I constantly start with a corn-only, gluten-free batter. Possibly I blend a can of creamed corn in there, because why not? I pour the batter into a preheated cast-iron skillet coated with bacon grease. Once the bottom crust is set, before putting the skillet back into the oven, I drop another stick of butter in there. For dessert cornbread, I dollop in spoonfuls of blackberry protects. The secret is getting the skillet smoking cigarettes hot before gathering the batter to set the bottom crust. When you have actually mastered that part, you can improvise in a lot of interesting methods.
( Ohhhh, creamed corn …)
WB: What is your 6 and twelve-month plan?
JH: We are presently in a fundraising round on Wefunder, nearly halfway to our goal of raising $400 K. In the next couple of months, we will deploy this capital through digital marketing channels to continue our national reach, along with presenting new products into our lineup like USDA natural complete spectrum vegan CBD gummies.
WB: What markets do you wish to penetrate?
JH: Cornbread Hemp is completely positioned to be the marketplace leader from Chicago to Atlanta. As we grow this year, our area is the lower Midwest and upper South that stretches from Chicago to Atlanta, including Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Nashville. To our understanding, we are the only brand name to use USDA certified organic CBD items within 300 miles of Chicago. The Second City is a high concern for us.
WB: What obstacles do you face?
JH: Like all CBD brand names, our primary barrier is the saturated environment we find ourselves in that is a result of an absence of FDA policies, which keeps significant merchants on the sidelines. This absence of policies also develops a frustrating mosaic of compliance as individual states step up to fill deep space, but not in any unified way.
WB: How do you prepare for removing those barriers?
JH: The FDA will issue regulations when it does. In the meantime, our CBD products are certified natural by the USDA, which is the only federal company that grants its seal of approval to hemp infused products. In regards to limiting threat of contamination and communicating dependability to customers, there’s no substitute for the USDA natural seal.
WB: Preconceptions about weed?
JH: All the products at Cornbread Hemp are complete spectrum, which indicates they contain a legal dosage of not more than 0.3%THC. One barrier we continue to face is that many of our potential customers are obstructed from attempting full spectrum hemp products because of work environment drug testing, even though complete spectrum CBD items are completely legal.
WB: Do you have a favorite food memory from childhood?
JH: I should have still remained in first grade when my mother baked a cake for our Catholic parish turkey social in November. I invested my money at the cake wheel to recover the cake that my mother had actually made: a lemon poppy seed bundt cake with a drizzle icing. Why would I let another person win the cake that my mom made? It was delicious.
WB: Do you prepare? If so, have you ever prepared your grandparents‘ recipes?
JH: I grill steaks like my grandpa taught me: don’t flip a steak till the juice begins to poke out of the top.
WB: Do you have a preferred restaurant (pre-covid-19) where is it? Kind of food?
JH: When visitors come to Louisville, I take them to Hammerheads. Found inside the basement of a home on a residential block of Germantown, it was a speakeasy throughout Restriction and then an area bar for years until it became Hammerheads about 10 years back.
WB: What is your passion?
JH: I am a writer who is committed to reminding all Americans, however particularly women over 45, that hemp has constantly been a part of American culture, and that the 50 years of the Drug War was a distortion of our true relationship with the plant.