A closed prison in California could soon house a plant for growing marijuana and producing cannabis oil. Southern California company Ocean Grown Extracts proposed a plan last month to transform an empty San Joaquin Valley prison, the Fresno Bee reported Monday.
The proposal was made to the mayor and city manager of Coalinga, California, which owns the vacant Claremont Custody Center. The 77,000-square-foot facility shuttered several years ago after the California Department of Corrections did not renew its contract. The Coalinga City Council has pushed for support of the cannabis oil plant, largely because of the economic benefits it could bring to the town, according to the Associated Press.
Coalinga City Manager Marissa Trejo said at a City Council meeting that lease and tax payments could bring the town of 13,000 nearly $2 million annually. The company, which would sell the oil wholesale to dispensaries, would also bring 100 full-time jobs — a figure that could double should California