Courtesy photo / Green Leaf Medical LLC, which operates a facility in Frederick, Md., has submitted an application for one of two south-central Pennsylvania medical marijuana grower licenses. If the company receives a state license, it could establish a marijuana operation at the closed Seton leather plant in Saxton.

A Maryland company dedicated to growing medical marijuana has announced plans to take over a shuttered Saxton factory, with a hoped-for state license opening the door to dozens of new hires and additional businesses.

Green Leaf Medical LLC, which operates a facility in Frederick, Md., has submitted an application for one of two south-central Pennsylvania grower licenses, CEO Philip Goldberg said Wednesday.

If the company receives a state license, it could establish a marijuana operation at the closed Seton leather plant in Bedford County.

“Our hopes are really high, and I think it’s evidenced by the fact that we purchased the building before we had the license,” Goldberg said. “We felt like we were getting a great deal on the building.”

State officials have said it could take 90 days or more to review the hundreds of expected applications to grow and sell the medical marijuana. Applicants were asked to submit a $10,000 request fee and extensive documentation on their plans.

Green Leaf Medical is set to finalize purchasing the 274,000-square-foot facility in mid-April, Goldberg said.

The company is set to initially occupy only a fraction of the property and hire 15 or 20 employees, but those numbers could grow.

Other segments of the building could be leased to other companies, possibly bringing more jobs to the area, Goldberg and Bedford County Development Association President Bette Slayton said.

“It’s a relatively easy building to subdivide. … We’ll market that aggressively in conjunction with Green Leaf,” Slayton said.

The plan hinges largely on

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