- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Officials from a medical marijuana producer are planning to turn 19 acres of land near Hagerstown into a growing operation for the plant - if their company is awarded a state cultivation license in a few months.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown (http://bit.ly/1HK4b5v ) reports that the five-member Washington County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve Green Thumb Industries LLC’s proposal. Still, the decision to permit the operation rests with the state, which is expected to distribute 15 licenses around December.

If granted a permit, the company would build a 45,000-square-foot indoor grow facility in the Hopewell Valley industrial park west of Hagerstown, an $8 million investment in the county. Company officials say the company would hire about 35 full-time employees in 2016.

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Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., http://www.herald-mail.com

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