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Rural Maryland sees jobs, not vice, in medical marijuana

Hagerstown City Park Historic District. Photo: Heather Holman via Wikimedia Commons
Michael Dresser ~ Washington Post ~
 
A proposal to build a medical marijuana production plant could provide a local economic boost to the region. Hagerstown City Park Historic District. Photo: Heather Holman via Wikimedia Commons
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HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Washington County is a proudly conservative place. Voters here haven’t backed a Democrat for president since 1964, and same-sex marriage lost by a landslide in a referendum three years ago.
 
But when Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries pitched a proposal to put a medical-marijuana production plant here, the county’s five county commissioners — Republicans all — passed a resolution unanimously supporting the plan.
 
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