MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Morgantown’s first CBD and Delta-8 lounge and bar opened on Friday.
The ribbon was cut for the grand opening of Buddy’s Bud Co. at 250 High Street.
The store offers CBD and Delta-8 seltzers, edibles, cartridges, concentrates, and flowers. Owner Nicholas Marie said the store is a quiet place where people can come in, go out and meet new people.
“There are so many different facets of what CBD and Delta-8 can bring to someone’s life,” Marie said. “For a lot of people, it’s anxiety. For others, it’s just calming down at the end of the day. Lots of people use it to quit opioids or cut down on alcohol, and it’s just a much safer and healthier alternative to most types of pharmaceutical treatments, I guess you could say.
All products come from three farms in Erie, Somerset and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Marie said he sources locally to help with quality control. He has all products tested at third-party labs and has also had Buddy’s Bud Co. approved by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture.
Marie has already opened a CBD/Delta-8 lounge and bar. Named after her dog Buddy, Marie’s first store is in Indiana, Pennsylvania near Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He said it is an industry that is guaranteed to thrive and that “ban is coming to an end for these products”.
“Right now there’s still such a stigma around CBD or Delta-8 or even medical cannabis,” he said. “Slowly but surely we are seeing that 70% of the country is now in favor of legalizing this. So really it’s about trying to be here first and establishing the brand name and a trust in our products and everything so that whenever it becomes legal we’ll be able to provide the same atmosphere in the same way as liquor sales.
Buddy’s Bud Co. is located at 250 High Street and is open Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.