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Mary Lopez Carter, Founder of Carolina Hemp Hut Stores

Carolina Hemp Hut stores and online store have been delivering results since we opened. Our goal is to provide both a superior customer experience and tremendous value for our customers while helping people lead healthier lives

Mary Lopez Carter has gained significant experience with aspects of Industrial Hemp and its uses and is passionate about helping people learn more and helping YOU by exceeding your expectations. She created Hemp Oil Rockstar to help people via an e-commerce site. As that site grew in significance and traffic, she realized she needed a physical storefront to help meet her audience’s needs. This led to the creation of the Carolina Hemp Hut.

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The Carolina Hemp Hut stores have grown to become the largest (of their type) Dedicated Hemp stores in the State of North Carolina. You’ll LOVE their variety and selection of Hemp, CBD, Delta 8, CBD, CBV, CBDa, CBN and so much more.


Carolina Hemp Hut stores offer Hemp-based supplements and treats to help people establish better health. Our items are all 100% Farm Bill compliant. Many of our products are USDA Certified Organic so our customers can be assured we’re offering “clean” products. We strive to keep our products affordable for all.

History of Helping People

The Carolina Hemp Hut was established in 2018.

Mary Lopez Carter founded Hemp Oil Rockstar in early 2018 after she did copious research into products which would help her husband, David Pratt Carter, beat cancer (he had malignant intracranial primary melanoma). She discovered the promising impact of CBD on people’s health. Soon after finding success with Hemp Oil Rockstar, she rented space at the Streets at Southpoint mall in Durham, NC to establish a more permanent location to help people of the community with better health options. Now, the Carolina Hemp Hut stores have grown to multiple locations throughout the Triangle Area of North Carolina.

The Flagship store was opened officially on May 1, 2019 (after a 4/20 preview day) at 137 Mayo Street in Hillsborough. The training programs and hemp education sessions began in early May. Currently, over 2,000 people a month build their understanding of Hemp and CBD from the team at Carolina Hemp Hut.

Mary and the team continue to educate consumers with information from scientists, researchers and medical professionals on the benefits of hemp oil extracts. They now have multiple locations in the NC Triangle area and service retail and wholesale accounts across the United States.

Meet the team

The Carolina Hemp Hut is a fun team with diverse backgrounds and education. The team coalesces around hemp and botanical health options to help more friends, neighbors and customers find better health with hemp and other plant-based products. The two main shops are maintained by our core group of consultants and budtenders along with our production/operatios management duo.


Richard Sniffen

Production Manager

Richard (left) comes from Houston and beyond in Texas. As a transplant to NC, he knew it was vital to get into the local “weeds” to understand the competitive landscape and production capabilities locally. His research and product expansion strategies have led to a tremendous boost in product SKUs for the Carolina Hemp Hut stores.

Richard Sniffen and Logan Werran (emeritus) of Carolina Hemp Hut
Richard Sniffen (Left) and Logan Werran (Right)

Carlos McCabe

Cannabis Consultant and Sr. Budtender

Carlos approaches cannabis products from a very common view point. As an adult, he learned “adulting” is not easy. When dealing with hardships that are common to the burdens of everyday life, he discovered how cannabis helps ease away the anxiety that normally builds to a breaking point. He delved into learning more and experiencing more in the process. This journey helped him become well-seasoned with an array of cannabis forms and uses. 

Carlos McCabe, Traveling Budtender and Cannabis Consultant at the Carolina Hemp Hut stores

He’s coupled this with a significantly deeper education process at the Carolina Hemp Hut to help him become one of the resident experts in recreational AND therapeutic cannabis uses. He’s motivated by happy customers and appreciates questions and feedback.

Keven Garcia

Cannabis Consultant and Sr. Budtender

Keven comes from a small city in New Jersey and has been residing in North Carolina for the last 17 years. Keven was inspired by his wife, three kids and dog when he found a solution for their health needs and alternatives to pharmaceutical medications by using cannabis products. Keven is now a passionate advocate for the use of cannabis and other holistic approaches to health care. 
Keven Garcia - Budtender and Cannanbis Entrepreneur

Keven is always eager to provide our guests with the most current cannabis treatments for different needs while ensuring a professional and compassionate experience. 

Cris Montoya

Market Analyst and Cannabis Content Producer


Cris Montoya Property and Market Analyst, Cannabis Land, Investment Properties, and 1031 Exchange assistance.

Dave Carter

Marketing Manager

David P Carter is a Cancer fighter, SCUBA enthusiast, Public Speaker, small business consultant and entrepreneur. He is a serial entrepreneur and is always researching and learning to grow skills to share with others in his blogs and in speeches. He’s the co-founder of five cannabis related businesses and stresses “Healing, not the High” as the primary reason for researching and writing about Cannabis, Plant-based nutrition, and Staying Positive. He is a Ziglar Certified Legacy Trainer and provides motivational and instructional speaking events across the country.

Mary Lopez Carter Founder of Carolina Hemp Hut

Meet the Founder

Mary Lopez Carter

Mary Lopez Carter appreciates people and wants more people to secure better health and a higher quality of life. She’s has a heart for serving and strives to assist people whenever possible. Her journey with the Carolina Hemp Hut began as a result of her desire to help her husband beat cancer. 

She’s embraced more natural methods of healing along with many Western methods. The strong Peruvian influence of her family has led her to research botanical health solutions from around the world. Her research has led to many more botanical health options becoming available for her customers.

She continues that journey and hopes to bring other people along the path to better health. Join her on the journey to good health!

Mary and Dave are available for speaking at your scheduled events for Hemp or Health related functions. Please contact the team at 855-HEMP-OIL extension 102 to request any from the Hemp Hut team to speak at your next event.

The team at the Carolina Hemp Hut appreciates working with customers. Further, we all want our customers to discover from us ways to leverage nature to help with healing. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Even though there are considerable similarities between marijuana and hemp, both are illegal to grow in North Carolina. However, licensed Industrial Hemp growers are permitted to grow industrial hemp in accordance with USDA and State regulations.

Mary Lopez Carter is the founder of Carolina Hemp Hut. She is also the managing member of the company which operates Carolina Hemp Hut.

Hemp flower, like marijuana flower, is a popular option for many. In North Carolina, it is restricted from sale to anyone under the age of 21.