(John Loevy answers questions during the meet and greet.)
When the Effingham City Council voted no to a proposal for a medical marijuana cultivation center within city limits, the representatives of a group known as Effingham Medicinal Farms needed a new location. They found their location in Edgewood, for which they received state approval this past fall. On Thursday the group hosted a meet and greet at the Edgewood American Legion to discuss their plans for the facility with residents of the town. Among the items discussed was the groups name, which they said will be changed in the near future to reflect that they are not associated with Effingham.
John Loevy, who is one of the company’s partners, spoke to a packed legion hall about the plans for the facility. He said the site would start small, but there are hopes to grow both in size and in workforce. The initial plan for the facility off Pennsylvania Street will be a 6400 square ft. building. Loevy said further that they plan to hire from within Edgewood to show appreciation for the support the community has shown.
Loevy also spoke to the crowd about the process that will occur at the facility. He explained that every step of the cultivation process will occur in Edgewood – from putting seeds in the dirt, to bagging and packaging for distributors. He also said that while there are only 22 cultivation centers, one for each state police district, there are 60 licensed dispensaries across the state.
As for any negative stigma about medical marijuana, Loevy said “it’s a factory that makes medicine, that’s what it is.”
Construction of the facility will begin this spring.