A medical marijuana facility could be up and running in Crawford County in the later part of this year. According to information developed from a supervisor meeting covered by Armstrong, Crawford Botanical Development, limited liability company, asked for and apparently will get a letter a of support from the Vernon Township supervisors for the facility which would be located in 6 story building at 13653 Broadway Drive in the Crawford Business Park in Vernon Township by the Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County.
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Crawford Botanical Development is making application to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to become a grower processor of medicinal marijuana in northwest Pennsylvania. CEO Samantha Lincoln told the Vernon Township Supervisors last week the effort would create at a minimum 28 full time jobs initially and 100 eventually as the operation expands.
Meanwhile Pennsylvania's Auditor General says he supports legal marijuana in Pennsylvania. Speaking Monday, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, a Democrat, says marijuana is a taxable asset the commonwealth is in need of. DePasquale says making marijuana legal and taxing it would create a $20 billion industry and create over 280,000 jobs in the next ten years. He says the state of Colorado is seeing the benefits of legalizing and taxing marijuana. DePasquale is the highest ranking state official in Pennsylvania thus far to publicly endorse legalizing marijuana. The auditor general says legalizing marijuana would also save the state the costs of prosecuting and incarcerating those caught with marijuana.