VERNON TOWNSHIP — An organization wants a medical marijuana facility in the area in hopes to revive an unused township structure and bring with it at least 28 full-time jobs within its first year.

An initial step was completed Thursday as Vernon Township supervisors offered a letter of support to the business that would grow and process marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Leaders of Crawford Botanical Development LLC (CBD) approached supervisors during Wednesday’s work session to ask for support as they apply to Pennsylvania seeking to become a grower/processor of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania’s northwest region.

At Wednesday’s meeting, Supervisor Bruce Lallier said he would abstain from a decision regarding the medical marijuana facility. Lallier was absent from Thursday’s meeting and could not be reached for comment on why he chose to abstain.

The northwest region includes Crawford, Erie, Mercer, Venango, Warren, Lawrence, Forest, Clarion, Jefferson, Elk, McKean, Cameron and Clearfield counties. The region is allotted two dispensary permits and two grower/processor permits.

As of Wednesday, Ashley Porter, president of Porter Consulting Services and township engineer, told supervisors he knows of three grower/processor applicants in the northwest region. “Getting a permit is highly competitive,” Porter said.

CBD is led by family members of Lincoln Recycling, a third-generation family business rooted in Crawford and Erie counties. Samantha Lincoln is the company’s chief executive officer with Scott Gezmalla, de-facto president of Lincoln Recycling, serving as chief financial officer of CBD. Andrew Lincoln, vice president at Lincoln Recycling, will manage operations of CBD.

CBD is partnered with Carrick Partners LLC, operators of the first stand-alone wholesale cultivation of medical and recreational marijuana in Colorado.

CBD would cultivate marijuana plants for the extraction of medicinal compounds to be manufactured for sale in the form of pills, capsules, vaporized or nebulized cartridges, liquid,

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