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Peak Harvest gains zoning approval

November 2nd, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Peak Harvest Health, a Maryland-based medical cannabis manufacturing company, announced Monday that it has secured approvals for zoning, site plans and building permits to operate a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Cumberland. In a press release, Ethan Ruby, Peak Harvest's CEO, praised the efforts of local leaders who have supported the cannabis grower's efforts. "Receiving the approvals to operate in Cumberland brings us one step closer to our goal of delivering medicine to qualified patients quickly, responsibly and efficiently," said Ruby. "We have a history of developing and building the highest quality manufacturing facilities in the nation and will bring this track record to excellence to our Maryland facility if we are fortunate enough to be awarded a license."

The Natalie M. LaParade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission is authorized under state law to award 15 licenses to eligible medical cannabis growers. Peak has filed an application to be a grower. 

The cutoff for submitting a growing application is Friday. A decision on which companies will be awarded a license is expected in December or January.

Peak's desire to establish a cannabis growing operation in the Riverside Industrial Park on Kelly Road was announced in August. The operation would include repurposing a building last used by the Biederlack of America Corp.

"PHH projects up to 35 new jobs will be created in Cumberland during its first year of operation, and more than 100 new jobs by 2020," according to the release.

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