In a former tobacco warehouse in a city that when touted itself as the “world’s greatest tobacco marketplace,” a firm referred to as Criticality has begun extracting CBD oil from hemp — a cannabis plant and variant of marijuana that till lately the federal government viewed as an illegal drug.

Criticality can approach about a half-ton of dried hemp a day right here, but says it will sooner or later manage up to six tons and employ 88 people today inside a handful of years. Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony this week, CEO Brian Moyer mentioned his…