There is hope in Pennsylvania that the newfound medical marijuana industry may have the power to replace some of the jobs that were stripped away after steel manufacturers began to leave the area.

Braddock, which has been in economic decline ever since steel became a product of foreign trade, is now pushing to host one of the two state permits that will be issued to the region allowing the production of cannabis for the state’s medical marijuana patients.

If all goes well, the town could see a 100,000-square-foot medical marijuana grow facility, built on the location of an old housing project that was ripped down more than two decades ago.

“It would be a real game changer here in town if we were able to secure the facility,” Braddock Mayor John Fetterman told CBS News. “We have the ability as a community to take a giant step forward to have this facility here in town.”

The medical marijuana complex, which would be overseen by the Denver Consulting Group, would produce as much as 20,000 pounds of marijuana and 3,000 pound of oil every year, according to a report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The facility would employ around 70 full time workers and pour more than $1 million in tax revenue into the area.

The folks of Braddock may not be too far off base when considering legal marijuana a saving grace for the local economy.

Last month, a detailed market analysis provided by New Frontier Data showed the marijuana industry could soon resurrect the middle class — the foundation of the American economy — by creating more jobs within the next five years than the culmination of manufacturing and government positions.

However, Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law only allows for 12 cultivation/ processing permits and 27 dispensary permits for the entire

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