CBD retailer will share weekend profits with charity benefiting vets

CBD Store and More in Roswell. Photo courtesy CBD Store and More

CBD Store and More in Roswell. Photo courtesy CBD Store and More

A CBD retailer wants to donate to organizations that benefit people with mental health problems and brain injuries. CBD Store and More in Roswell plans to donate 10% of its sales revenue from the July Fourth weekend to the Shadow Warrior Foundation, a charity that supports military veterans who are homeless or suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Kevin Quirk, CEO of CBD Store and More’s parent company Harvest Connect, will limit the donation to $10,000 but estimates the donated funds will total about $7,000.

Quirk said he became interested in the Shadow Warrior Foundation through two executives with Harvest Connect who served in the military. The not-for-profit foundation supports veterans, with an emphasis on those who are homeless, jobless and suffer from PTSD.

“While we know CBD is good for mental health, this is because we believe in veterans,” Quirk said of the donation.

CBD stands for cannabidiol, and the oil is derived from the hemp plant. CBD is one of hundreds of components of marijuana, but by itself it does not cause a “high.”

Quirk said most of his customers buy CBD oil tinctures for themselves or pets. It’s commonly used for relief of anxiety or physical pain. CBD oil is processed from hemp in the cannabis plant, but the oil is a non-intoxicating marijuana extract .

Harvest Connect buys CBD wholesale and is pursuing licenses to grow hemp and sell medical marijuana, Quirk said.

In addition to this weekend’s fundraiser, the store routinely gives a 25% discount on items purchased by veterans and first responders such as police officers, fire fighters and EMS workers.

CBD Store and More opened in April at 940 Canton St. and offers online shopping and drive-by service for customers who don’t want to come inside.

“We did far better than we thought we would do,” said Quirk on opening during the coronavirus pandemic. “We’re getting a lot of business through word of mouth. We’re here to help people.”