Medical-marijuana good prescription for economy?
The City of Plattsburgh Common Council is considering encouraging medical-marijuana companies to locate here.
The mayor and councilors will discuss a resolution Thursday night directed toward companies that are licensed and registered by the State Department of Health to grow, cultivate and sell the plant.
City Councilor Joshua Kretser (D-Ward 6) said he has been following the legislation since Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed it into law in July 2014.
“I started to think that the City of Plattsburgh has some great potential to work with one or more than one of these registered, licensed organizations to be able to grow (and) to process medical marijuana in New York state,” Kretser said.
“The tax revenue would be really be a game changer for our region.”
Both the city’s economy and the company involved would benefit from a partnership, he said, as Plattsburgh has one of the lowest electrical utility rates in New York.
And a growing facility and dispensary in the city could create 40 or more jobs that would pay between $20 and $25 an hour, he said.