CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A co-founder of the company that will develop a medical-marijuana growing and processing facility in Chambersburg said he is looking forward to being part of Pennsylvania’s burgeoning industry.

“We’re excited to be on the ground floor of it,” said Matt Darin, co-founder and principal of AES Compassionate Care LLC.

Darin’s Illinois-based company won one of two growing/processing permits awarded Tuesday in south-central Pennsylvania. It will establish operations at 1086 Wayne Ave. in Chambersburg.

Darin said AES Compassionate Care selected the Chambersburg property because the existing building works well for the new use, the site provides access to major roads for distribution, and conversations with municipal and Franklin County (Pa.) Area Development Corp. officials were positive.

The location also is within a one-hour drive of the company’s soon-to-open facility in Carroll County, Md.

Darin declined to comment at this stage on some specifics, including anticipated employment levels, for the Chambersburg plant.

“There’s definitely lessons learned and experiences we’ve gained over the years,” he said, describing facilities developed in Illinois, Maryland and Nevada.

The company has applied for one of Pennsylvania’s dispensary permits, which have not yet been announced by the health department. Darin said that application was for a site not in Chambersburg.

The Franklin County Area Development Corp. owns the building at 1086 Wayne Ave. and will sell it to the grower/processor for $3.7 million.

“While it won’t be the biggest employer, it will be the most regulated,” said L. Michael Ross, president of the development corporation.

Darin said he hopes to improve patients’ access to cannabis for the 17 conditions approved under Pennsylvania Act 16 of 2016 and any additional conditions approved in the future.

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