Suddenly it seems as if proposals to establish medical marijuana growing facilities are sprouting up all over the place.

It’s likely that what’s driving this green-rush is the Feb. 20 start date the Pennsylvania Department of Health set for permit applications to get in on the ground floor of what is fast-becoming a $7.1 billion industry nationwide and is expected grow to as much as $1 billion here in Pennsylvania in the coming years.

No fewer than four proposals for marijuana-growing facilities in Montgomery County, and one in Delaware County have cropped up in the last two months.

• The first was proposed last month for a five-acre parcel in Bridgeport on West Boro Line Road, where Conshohocken-based Black Lab Botanicals LLC wants to establish a grow facility.

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• Then, in West Pottsgrove Township, a Haverford-based company called Holistic Farms announced plans to construct a $10 million 100,000-square-foot facility on the site of the former Stanley G. Flagg brass plant off Old Reading Pike — vacant for more than 10 years.

• Just down the road, Bunker Botanicals LLC on Thursday night proposed an underground 50,000-square-foot grow facility off Porter Road in a vacant Cold War-era communications bunker designed to withstand a nuclear attack.

• And just a little further down the road, Keystone Medical Cannabis LLC was before the Limerick Township Board of Supervisors Tuesday seeking support to open a growing and processing facility in a boarded up building at 880 Enterprise Drive.

• Not to be left out, on Thursday night, the Aston Township Commissioners in Delaware County approved a conditional use permit for Medgarden LLC to establish of a marijuana-growing and wholesale distribution facility at 414 Knowlton Road.

All five proposals stepped into the spotlight when they appeared before the elected bodies in each municipality seeking

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