RIPLEY — Another box was checked for the Firelands Scientific and Tariff Labs medical cannabis facility in Millwood on Tuesday. The Jackson County Board of Health gave its approval of the operation.
The approval means that the group can now begin renovations in its Millwood facility. Greg Cozzens, vice president of operations for Firelands Scientific, a medical cannabis company based in Huron, Ohio, said his company will building rooms within the structure to better fit the operation. The additional rooms will be for cultivation and manufacturing spaces.
It also means that more jobs are officially coming to Jackson County. Cozzens said he is planning on hiring around 35 people for when the plant first opens. If demand increases, more people will be hired. When it comes to pay, Cozzens said “it’s going to be a good starting wage.”
All of the medical cannabis will be grown inside the building, and Cozzens said there will be a security team monitoring the building 24/7.
Cozzens said he’s excited to officially get to work in Jackson County.
“This is about focusing on the community of Jackson, building jobs for the Jackson community as well as for us to give back to West Virginians,” Cozzens said. “We’re super excited.”
Cozzens said Firelands Scientific will have a job fair for the Millwood location “really soon.”
— Katelyn Waltemyer (she/her) is the General Assignment and Enterprise Reporter for Jackson Newspapers in Jackson County, West Virginia. Have a news tip on local government or education? Or a good feature? You can reach Katelyn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @Kate_Waltemyer.