TALA looking to start medical marijuana operation

TALA looking to start medical marijuana operation

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WESTON, W.Va. – Tourism is already the focus of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, bringing people to learn about the history of the asylum and its campus, and to experience the paranormal there. But staff now are hoping to add another facet to their business: growth and production of medical marijuana. "What we plan to be doing is growing and processing marijuana. The leaf plant is not legal at this time, so we have to change it into different types of gels, oils, that type of thing, and that’s what will be sold. No leaf or food edibles will be sold at this time," said Rebecca Jordan Gleason, operations manager at the asylum. There’s lots of space on the asylum grounds to set up a growing operation. Acres and acres of old farmland behind the asylum still exist and could be used. Another option: using buildings like the geriatrics building that’s a more modern one, and not protected by the asylum’s historic status. "We are trying to do whatever we can do to save one of the eleven national historic landmarks in West Virginia. When the possibility of medical marijuana came up we looked at it as business people, and what could we do for the asylum if we were able to do something like this, and that’s immediately what we started looking at," said Gleason. Gleason says getting the support of the local community is also essential for a successful application, and that support is coming in. The Weston City Council voted 4-0 to support the asylum’s application, and looks forward to a possible boom from the opportunity. "I admire the people at TALA for realizing that this could be really an important economic development for this whole area," said Weston Mayor Julia Spelsberg.

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