Theodore Lasher II stands in front of one of his display cases of hemp products at 3BUDS Dispensary LLC, 318 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. Lasher and his partners, Hunter Smetana and Colby Kluk, will be opening a second location in Scranton in the near future.
Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
WYOMING – Theodore Lasher II and business partners Hunter Smetana and Colby Kluk have opened 3BUDS Dispensary LLC, a medical hemp dispensary, on Wyoming Avenue, near the 8th Street corners.
The store sells medical hemp, CBD and Delta 8 hemp, which contains the THC, marijuana’s primary psychoactive ingredient, but is still legal in Pennsylvania.
“It all started when a bunch of us got together and said we need to provide this medicine to people since they are being provided stuff from the pharmaceutical companies that are addictive and harmful,” Lasher said. “I wanted to get out there; I suffered from it myself after playing football.”
Thirty-one-year-old Lasher excelled at football while at Wyoming Area before playing for three years at Lehigh University when concussions and back injuries set him back.
“When I got done playing football, I got put on opioids and I ended up getting addicted to them for two years,” Lasher admitted. “It ruin my reputation and a lot of bad things happened, and when it came to me getting off opioids, it was the medical cannabis that allowed me to transition off opioids.”
Getting into the cannabis business was something Lasher knew was a way to help many people with injuries and/or illness. Finding the right partners to get started was an easy decision.
According to Lasher, the business partnership was organic with his interest in the industry, Smetana being a computer tech expert and Kluk having strength in communications and