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Dorchester Prepares For More Jobs Following Medical Marijuana Announcement

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The location of the marijuana growing facility-to-be in Cambridge (Photo:WBOC) The location of the marijuana growing facility-to-be in Cambridge (Photo:WBOC)

CAMBRIDGE, Md.- There are jobs to be had in Dorchester County, but not as many as county leaders would like there to be.  Following Monday's announcement that two companies have been selected to grow medical marijuana in Dorchester County, some remain optimistic about job prospects moving forward.

What you see today are some greenhouses and an empty building.  Brandon Hesson with Cambridge Economic Development says the new licenses mean jobs in those locations in Hurlock and Cambridge.

"The numbers we have been told is about 50 jobs that this will produce.  But we're talking about, since there's only 15 licenses for growing and processing facilities, we're talking about a potentially high growth business.  50 could just be the tip of the iceberg," said Hesson.

Cambridge's location is a warehouse just behind the police department.  In Hurlock, the potential site of the operation is home to several greenhouses.  Local officials in Hurlock were hesitant at first, but after doing some research and weighing the options, came around to support the project.

"It's going somewhere.  I think the people around here realize that.  We may as well have them here instead of going somewhere else," said Mayor Joyce Spratt.

Hesson says in Cambridge, jobs are definitely needed.

"Our unemployment here in the city is a little high, a little bit north of where everyone else in the state is.  We've been a little bit slower coming out of that recession that started in 2008," said Hesson.

Hurlock too could use the jobs.

"I know one girl that has put 70 applications in at different places and hasn't gotten anything.  She's been out of work since January.  So these kind of things are going to have a big impact here," said Spratt.

An impact that is expected to begin sometime in the next year.

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