The proposed medical marijuana growing facility in Mount Joy would be the first in Lancaster County

District director Samuel Sulkosky says the planned 105,000 square foot facility will have a positive impact on the district

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pennsylvania – Once an idea unthinkable for some, a 10-acre wheat field in Mount Joy is set to become the first medical marijuana growing and processing plant in Lancaster County.

It will also be home to an initial nationwide research program for medical marijuana, says district manager Samuel Sulkosky at FOX43.

“I never imagined seeing and talking about medical marijuana in a municipal building; it never crossed my mind,” he said.

But when you look at the details of the new structure – including financial information and its impact on the community, the idea makes sense, according to Sulkosky.

“It’s a low impact facility because there will be almost no truck traffic,” he said.

The approximately 105,000-square-foot facility, which will be located on a property near new and southern roads, will be protected with guards, Sulkosky said.

It is expected to cost between $ 8 million and $ 10 million to build and fully equip.

“Property taxes on a $ 8-10 million building are significant,” said Sulkosky. “Besides, you also have to look at it from another perspective – probably in two years, somewhere around 50-60 employees (they will work there).

“Over a five-year period, it will likely double.”

Laurel Harvests Lab has set its sights on Mount Joy for a few reasons, according to Sulkosky. The district’s new railway station, with easy access to and from Philadelphia, influenced the decision, as did Lancaster County’s positive reputation for agriculture.

The cultivation and transformation facility will be associated with Temple University, Sulkosky said. The expectation is that the school researchers will take the train directly to Monte Gioia to conduct their studies.

FOX43 has not received precise news on when work will begin this year.

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