Chicago cannabis company Green Thumb Industries hopes to establish a new growing and distribution operation at a former prison in upstate New York.
Reports indicated that the proposed $150 million project would create 125 jobs at site of the former Mid-Orange Correctional Facility in Warwick, New York. The prison campus is now home to the Orange County Industrial Development Agency’s cannabis business cluster, which currently includes a medical cannabis producer, a cannabis testing company, a CBD products company and four hemp-related businesses.
The Middletown Times Herald-Record reports that Green Thumb proposed buying the seven remaining lots at the site — a total of 40 acres.
The company expects the project, which would include three new buildings, to be completed in phases over three years. Orange County IDA officials are reportedly considering economic incentives for the company.
Mid Hudson News added that Green Thumb would initially produce medical cannabis but could add products for recreational users if approved by the state. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo again proposed legalizing recreational marijuana in his State of the State address earlier this month.
Cannabis growers in the region told the Times Herald-Record that the industry could quickly add hundreds of good-paying jobs in the area, with the potential for additional growth later on, if recreational cannabis is approved by lawmakers and the governor.