Steve Scott pleased with community support for Craft Hemp

Steve Scott, 40, is the owner of the Craft Hemp Company, located on Main Street in downtown Midland, adjacent to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

Scott said Craft Hemp is an educational center that sells products derived from Michigan hemp. They provide education on cannabis (CBD-Cannabidiol) products that could help customers with chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, ADHD, autism, and PTSD, for example. CBD does not cause a high and is not considered addictive.

Scott grew up in Saginaw and Midland. He graduated from Valley Lutheran High School and CMU, where he earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in marketing and logistics. Scott has been married for 13 years to Dr. Candice Colby-Scott. They have three children, Nineveh, 6, Xara, 5, and Wolf, 3.

How long have you owned your business? Craft Hemp Company has been around since November 2019. Our third anniversary is in November.

What inspired you to own this business? I have a long history with cannabis. I was diagnosed with testicular cancer after finishing college. I was using marijuana to offset the effects of chemotherapy. Also had a dog that blew both of his ACLs. As a last option, we tried CBD to help treat it and it worked. These experiences led me to move forward to work with CBD.

What makes this Midland a great place to own a business? I love Midland. With myself having a very niche business in an area that hasn’t been understood, Midland has been great including articles about us in the Midland Daily News, Catalyst Midland and support from Downtown Midland. I’m not in the marijuana business. Hemp is a federally legal product. Midland has loyal customers. We provide them with a quality of life and they help us stay in business.

In what ways is your business active in the local community?? We help whenever we can. We have people who come from community fundraisers. Craft Hemp takes care of that stuff. We are able to supply products for silent auctions. We are looking for smaller opportunities.

What are some of your interests and hobbies? Being fit, being healthy, playing basketball, exercising, my family, being an entrepreneur. Prepare to open another business. We will be launching Great Lakes Bay Hearing, an audiology clinic on the corner of Jefferson and Wackerly, in September. Trying to create the possibility for people to acquire pediatric hearing aids in this area.

What local businesses do you work with that contribute to the success of your business? In addition to owning Craft, I am Vice President of North American Sales for AG Marvels of Shepherd, the largest hemp farm/processor in the state of Michigan. I buy most of my products from them. When introducing a product to the store, we have a checklist, dealing with quality and efficiency. One of our criteria is to be able to find it from a company based in Michigan. Eighty-five to 90% of our products come from Michigan-based companies. Heirloom Grove, a Shepherd company, also sells CBD products, a really cool brand, health and beauty products.

Final thoughts to share with the community? Without the community of Midland, we wouldn’t be here. For such a taboo industry, for us to be there and provide education…we need places to educate about cannabis. Very happy to own a business in Midland and hope to continue to gain support from the community.

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