ERIE, Pa. — The city of Erie is one step closer to having a licensed medical marijuana facility.

Erie City Council unanimously approved the first application for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility during a meeting Wednesday morning at City Hall.

With the approval, Calypso Enterprises will now seek a permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to operate a licensed medical marijuana facility in the city. County Council approved the application in February. 

Calypso, which is located at the SB3 industrial park on the old International Paper site, will employ around 40 people in the initial phase of operations. Calypso said it will be committed to a diverse workforce, according to the resolution brought before council.

City Councilman Bob Merski said the council takes a lot more than job creation into considerations when approving permits.

“One of the things that sold me on the proposal is that the facility will be secure,” Merski said. “There will be security guards inside and no identifying markers, so anyone driving by would have no idea that there is a facility here in the city.” 

In 2016, Pennsylvania became one of 24 states to approve medical marijuana. Pennsylvania will accept completed applications until March 20.

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