(KMOV.com) - Dozens of worried property owners showed up to hear new details and share their concerns about a proposed medical marijuana farm near Marissa.
Nature’s Care plans to starts a 14-acre growing operation on Illinois Route 13. Residents in the area are worried the site would hurt their property values and were concerned about who would be working at the facility.
Project manager, Mitch Meyers told the crowd the company would create more than 35 jobs and every employee would go through a background check.
Meyers led Monday night’s meeting at the Marissa Masonic Lodge, taking questions from the crowd after giving a presentation on the benefits of medical marijuana and the state rules the cultivation center would be required to follow.
“I think it went great. I think they were really open minded, but they had their concerns,” said Meyers.
Jimmie Baker came to the meeting to hear how the pot farm would impact his family farm nearby.
“This was a very informative meeting on the people that are going to using the product. We're more concerned about the people in the area here. I think it's gonna be just another smoke screen that's already a done deal,” said Baker.
The company would grow marijuana in a one acre green house and also produce candy, cookies, drinks, sprays, pills, and patches with marijuana.
If Nature’s Farm gets county and state approval, Meyers says the company could start selling pot to dispensaries by July, 2015.
Under the new Illinois law, the Metro East can have only one cultivation center.