Group proposing medical pot operation near LeRoy
LeROY — Representatives of ICC Holdings have big plans for 20 acres of land outside of town by Salt Creek Road.
The acreage could soon be home to a medicinal cannabis cultivation center if the state grants the group a license later this year.
"Some cultivation centers are smaller operations, but we're proposing a pretty large facility," ICC's Teresa Slepawic told council members during a special meeting this week.
The center could hire about 50 area workers, she said, emphasizing that the job hunt would start in LeRoy and expand to other surrounding communities as need arises. At that time, she said they would branch out about 10 miles at a time.
The state's proposed submission window for applications is Sept. 8-22. Once permits are issued in November or December — dates are subject to change — ground would be broken if the group receives the permit.
After permits are issued, centers would have about six months to become operational.
Slepawic reiterated that nothing would be sold at the dispensary, and the company would not be allowed to advertise its product, except to a state-regulated dispensary.
Resident Janet Oliver inquired about what was to become of the waste, as she was worried about affected livestock.
Slepawic said it would all be disposed of in accordance with guidelines of the program in a regulated facility, and waste would not be put into the local environment.
Smith, the head of security, noted that every single item to leave the facility will be monitored.
Smith is a retired U.S. Marshal who escorted judges for a decade and has experience in planning secured routes. He said cars transporting product would be unmarked and would leave at varying times of night, on varying routes defined by security. He noted the vehicles would not be able to stop without clearance.
Smith said the closed facility would be under 24-hour surveillance by state police and would be monitored by 70 cameras. He said he would hope to hire former military members as security.
In addition, security hires would have special training to deal with the facilities. He said there would be no access to the facility, aside from employees and law enforcement, and that all employees would have to pass background checks before being hired.
"Security is not going to be an issue at this facility," Smith said.
Slepawic said the company is looking at minimum pay rates of $13 to $14 per hour to employees, plus benefits.