Legal pot grower looks to the Poconos for growing facility

A California company hopes to grow medical marijuana in Pocono Township.

The company, CannaMed of Thousand Oaks, has asked the Monroe County township's Board of Supervisors to clarify its zoning definitions to allow it to start up a processing operation, The Morning Call reported.

A company representative recently told supervisors the building, would be about 45,000 square feet and would grow the marijuana and process it into forms including pills and oils. 

The company expects to employ between 30 to 50 people. 

Medical marijuana became legal in Pennsylvania in April and state health department officials have been building regulations in anticipation of the industry's start up.

The Pennsylvania law does not allow the sale of marijuna in smokeable leaf form, and only permits prescriptions for cannabis-infused pills, oils, topical ointments, tinctures or liquids.

The state deadline for grow applications is in March. Growers are required to submit a non-refundable $10,000 application fee, a permit fee of $200,000, which is refundable if the permit is not granted; and proof of $2 million in capital with $500,000 that must be on deposit with a financial institution, PennLive.com said.

Twelve operations will be awarded licenses throughout the state.