The long-awaited ribbon-cutting event of Botanical Sciences, LLC, in Glennville at 442 Cecil Anderson Road, was held Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at 5 p.m., almost two years since the purchase of the property and construction began. The facility is under the direction of Dr. Robin Fowler, founder and CEO of the company.
Botanical Sciences, LLC, recently received a production license for the growing of medical cannabis, a 100,000 square foot facility to grow and manufacture this product. This is one of only two 100,000 square foot facilities in the state that are licensed by the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission.
Glennville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shellie Smith welcomed the large crowd gathered for the occasion, followed by an invocation delivered by Georgia State Representative Bill Werkheiser.
Dr. Fowler was profuse in his thanks to the warm welcome that he and his staff have received from the Glennville community.
In his comments to the crowd, Dr. Fowler recognized the city and county officials, Tattnall County Industrial Authority, and Senators Lester Jackson and Billy Hickman, Rep. Werkheiser, the Glennville Chamber of Commerce, the business community, and the entire city for their assistance and encouragement the past two years.
He also recognized key members of his staff, including Chase Bradshaw, Chief of Operations, and Reid Stone, Director of Strategic Partnerships.
"We are so thrilled to see this finally happen. This is a happy opportunity for us and the city. What a ride it has been since September of 2020 when Robin made contact with me. We have all become close to so many people in this community. You have made me and my wife feel like family. We feel the strength of this community and hope to give back with unbelievable opportunities and experiences," Bradshaw said.
Craig Nobles, who is in charge of security for the facility, commented, "This is a great day to be in Glennville, and my wife and family lived here in Tattnall County for 27 years before moving to Long County. This is a major plus for the town of Glennville and the surrounding area in the jobs that this business will bring. The security company is Thompson Security, which requires that all security personnel be certified by the Department of Drug Enforcement Administration.
"We know why he chose Glennville, Georgia, the land of milk and honey. Dr. Fowler and his team have worked hard to bring this project to fruition," Nobles said.
The growing of the marijuana will begin within the next week, and the cannabis oil should be ready for the dispensaries by December. Hiring of employees will begin soon, also.