Harrisburg council okays medical marijuana facility pending state permit approval

Friday, June 30, 2017

This month, the Harrisburg City Council approved a resolution giving a group the okay to build a medical marijuana cultivation facility should they be awarded a permit by the state.

Harrisburg Mayor Randy Mills said a representative with Southeastern Medical Solutions spoke to the council and that council support was unanimous. "We're supporting it," he said.

The state will start accepting applications for cultivation facilities and dispensaries on June 30 and will accept applications for 90 days. After that, there is a 30-day window to approve. The state will approve five cultivation facility licenses and 32 dispensaries.

If Southeastern Medical Solutions gets a permit, Mills said they plan to get started on the facility within 48 hours. "They're wanting to get going as soon as possible," Mills said.

Their plan is to have a 40,000 square foot grow building along with a smaller building for offices. They will grow, extract the oil, and manufacture the product onsite, then ship it to dispensaries located elsewhere.

Regarding the facility's impact on Harrisburg, Mills said, "It's industry. Jobs is the big thing." Mills estimated the facility could generate around 75-100 jobs. He said that because a lot of the jobs involved require high-end training, SMS will bring in their own people to start the process, and then they will look at training people later on.

Mills hopes that more people could end up moving into the city as a result. "It will help as far as our population is concerned and get the ball rolling," he said.

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