Medical marijuana grower hosts Chambersburg Pennsylvania job fair

CHAMBERSBURG — The medical marijuana grower/processor in Chambersburg is hiring.

Grassroot Cannabis is holding a job fair this week – Thursday, May 17; Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 – at the Chambersburg Recreation Department, 235 S. Third St., Chambersburg.

Grassroots Cannabis is converting a former factory at 1086 Wayne Ave., Chambersburg, into an operation to grow and process marijuana for medical use. The subsidiary of AES Compassionate Care LLC bought the property from the Franklin County Area Development Corp.

Its products will be delivered to certified dispensaries.

Medical marijuana is offered to Pennsylvania residents who are under a practitioner’s care for the treatment of a serious medical condition as defined by the state Medical Marijuana Law. The law identifies 17 medical conditions. The health department is approving other conditions, including opioid-use disorder.

Grassroots Cannabis is looking to hire a general manager, propagation manager, cultivation manager, compliance manager, cultivation assistant, maintenance tech, grow techs and security personnel. Some are part-time positions.

The job openings will not be listed on CareerLink, the go-to place for finding a local job.

“This is an industry sector whose end product is not recognized legally by the federal government,” said L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp. CareerLink is sponsored by the South Central Workforce Investment Board, which receives federal funds. The board has received a directive not to advertise medical marijuana jobs.

Currently, grass is growing tall outside the former factory on Wayne Avenue.

“From the outside it looks like they need to buy a lawn mower or hire a lawn service,” Ross said. “They’re in jeopardy of getting a weed ordinance notice from the borough.”

Chamberburg Borough issued a land use permit eight months ago to Mosaic Construction of Northbrook, Illinois, to secure permits for building renovations and occupancy to grow and process medical marijuana in the building.

About 50 people are expected to be working at the Chambersburg plant, according to Ross.

“This is more labor intensive than I ever thought,” Ross said. “I don’t know what the phasing (of hiring) will be, or if there’s going to be phasing.”

The company will conduct interviews by appointment only on Thursday and Friday. To sign up for an appointment visit https://www.grassrootscannabis.com/jobfair. Applicants should bring their resumes, a list of professional references and a completed application.

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