PERRYVILLE — A Colorado-based company has started the hiring process for its Maryland medical marijuana operations, which could provide as many as 100 new jobs in Cecil County, a company spokeswoman said Wednesday.
“Management jobs will start in January,” said Emily Cohen, director of business development for The Clinic Maryland, LLC.
Afterward, production and laboratory jobs would be added.
The Clinic Maryland is not licensed to operate yet though. The new state law went into effect Sept. 15 and applications must be filed by Nov. 6. Cohen said the company will find out in December if it won one of 15 licenses allowed for medical marijuana production and dispensing.
Passed by the Maryland General Assembly in the 2014 session, the legislation allows for up to two licensed dispensaries in each senatorial district in the state along with growing and processing operations. Cohen said her company is looking at a growing and processing lab in the Perryville area, but she declined to say exactly where.
“We’ll have dispensaries in Bethesda, Wheaton and Columbia,” she said, adding that other companies may apply for dispensaries in Cecil County.
“We will have cultivation and processing in Perryville,” she said of the potential hydroponic operation.
Eric Sennstrom, director of the Cecil County Department of Planning and Zoning, said the process as described by The Clinic would be considered light industrial by local definition.
“In unincorporated areas of the county, it would be permitted by right in business intensive, and light and heavy industrial zoning districts and permitted as a special exception with conditions in northern or southern agricultural-residential zoning districts,” Sennstrom said via email.
While some jobs would be hourly, Cohen said many more would be salaried positions.
“It’s more of the lab type of background,” she added.
The company is working with Anne Arundel Community College for training.
It’s also working with Susquehanna Workforce Center. The Clinic Maryland will be represented at the center’s Oct. 15 job fair at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen.
The Clinic Colorado is active in its community, raising funds for various charities including the Multiple Sclerosis Society, according to Cohen.