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Marijuana could be the answer for single steel hub in financial problems

Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, says medical marijuana could help save his city.

(Reuters, File)

When the AMERICAN steel industry fell apart, Pennsylvania Braddock Council President Tina Doose said many other companies.

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“It’s just—there was a hole in our financial base, and we are struggling to survive.”

It’s been 29 years since Braddock was the name of a financially distressed community by the state, but now there is renewed hope as the council officially backs medical marijuana producer Laurel Green Medical. The company will be prepared to submit a formal application to March 20, because it competes for one of the two licences that will be given to the region.

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“There is no certainty,” Doose said. “This is far from certain. This is a very competitive process. There are no givens.”

Agrimed Industries is also to take part in the contest by applying for a permit in Greene County in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Braddock Mayor John Fetterman says the time to invest in the medical marijuana industry has come.

“The small subset of people who are afraid of marijuana, I think, continue to decline, and I think we’re moving as a nation just by taking the right steps, and only to obtain and legalize it,” Fetterman said.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health announces a first round of license approvals by the end of June.

Pennsylvania is the 24th state with a comprehensive medical marijuana program. Gov. Tom Wolf signed Pennsylvania medical marijuana program into law in 2016, that more than a dozen terminal or chronic conditions.

Michelle Chavez is a Fox News multimedia reporter based in Pittsburgh.

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