CHESANING (WJRT) (11/07/18) - Andrew Mastrino is in the business of medical marihuana.
On Wednesday, he and his partners broke ground on a 30,000-square-foot facility in Chesaning that will grow and process medical marihuana to be sold to dispensaries.
"It's been a long journey, probably three or four months, a lot of twists and turns and here we are on this beautiful piece of land in a wonderful city and we starting today," Mastrino said.
The business that is now expected to grow like weeds with the passing of Proposal 1, which legalized recreational marijuana in the state of Michigan.
"Now the landscape has changed because of prop 1," Mastrino said. "We still have to figure that out and I think there's going to be a lot of paper and some information on how we will interact now with the new ecosystem that's been created."
Chesaning is happy to receive the investment from Mastrino and his partners.
"This is going to be a really great addition to the community," said Village President, Joseph Sadler
He said the business is expected to create hundreds of new jobs and provide a much needed economic boost for the village as well.
"It's all about creating jobs and bringing revenue into the community. We've lost so much industry over the years that Chesaning was actually being devastated quite a bit," Sadler said.
The facility is expected to completed by next June.