Medical marijuana manufacturing facility moving to a small town in Mississippi. Homeowners Ready to Go After Bill Takes Effect – Magnolia State Live
Medical marijuana could soon be manufactured and distributed in Prentiss.
Mississippi Green Oil has purchased the former Griffith’s Tire warehouse owned by Gerald Griffith just off John Street Extension.
Tom Moore, owner of Moore Companies, LLC. of D’Iberville, develops the project.
“We had this project placed in another area of the state, but after meeting with the local community and Mayor (Charley) Dumas, we felt it was a family place and felt welcome, so we decided to move our entire facility here,” Moore said on Tuesday.
Winston Ceasear is the chief operating officer of Moore Companies and will also oversee the project. The two were invited to Prentiss by Gary Bass, director of economic development for Jefferson Davis County.
“We are very excited about this opportunity,” Ceasear said. “Everyone we met rolled out the red carpet for us and went above and beyond.”
The announcement comes after Senate Bill 2095 is expected to become law after the GOP-led House and Senate passed it last week by non-veto majorities. The deadline for Governor Tate Reeves to act on the bill is Wednesday. He could sign it, veto it, or let it become law without his signature.
Assuming it passes, Mississippi will become the 37th state to allow the medical use of cannabis, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The bill states that patients can purchase up to 3.5 grams of cannabis per day, up to six days a week. That’s about 3 ounces per month.
The bill also sets taxes on the production and sale of cannabis and specifies that plants must be grown indoors under controlled conditions.
The MGO building will include a sterile packaging room for gummies, capsules, pills and pre-rolls and other products to be manufactured including inhalers, patches, powder for teas, etc.
It will also house an extraction lab, flower rooms, cutting rooms, grow rooms and a state-of-the-art kitchen.
Ceasear says the team researched the best and most efficient equipment and the highest priority is the quality of the product, end to end.
“We will treat him 100% medically, as he should,” Ceasear said.
The company plans to use Aquaponics in the growth process. Aquaponics is a type of fish farming that uses the waste products produced by fish to supply nutrients to plants.
“Doing research is the best way to grow,” Caesar said.
Moore is committed to giving back to the community, and one way to do that is by using Aquaponics. The company intends to donate the fish to local churches.
Thirty employees, some local, with extensive on-site training, will work at the facility to include producers, drivers and a chef. After passing inspections and getting his license, Moore hopes to grow this year. The company plans to add an additional 60,000 square feet to the building by the end of the year.
According to Ceasear, revenue will also be generated by those who live in other states without legalized medical marijuana. Out-of-state or temporary cards would be issued in these cases. Patients would apply for a card and be allowed to shop with a prescription at the Mississippi market three times a year.
Ceasear was born and raised in Mississippi and wants money to be generated in the state. “I love Mississippi to death. I’ve been everywhere as a veteran and see how people perceive us until they come here. That’s why I called the company Mississippi Green Oil is literally a gold rush.
Ceasear said he felt the need to bring agriculture back to Mississippi and this was one way to do it. He not only wants to supply the state and give back to the state, but also cultivate careers and opportunities within the state.
“We really believe this is a new industrial revolution. We want to be the ones doing it.
Moore Companies also plans to work with hemp production. They have started the Mississippi Farmers Hemp Association and created a website, www.msfarmershemp.org, and will hire a local director for the association. Moore Companies’ director of research, Antar Davidson, will be the intern director on the hemp side.
“Our association is about hemp, but not industrial hemp or CBD, it’s about farmers,” Moore said. “I want people to know that when we start this, we’re going to pay farmers, even if it’s for research.”
The company plans to offer incentive programs and grants to farmers. “We want every farmer in the central-southwestern part of the state to be part of this association.”
The biomass market of these two plants can be used equally in different textiles, different industries such as medicine, food, pharmacy and industrial, while providing people with an alternative to opioid uses for a holistic approach. “You have several different facets with this plant that we can grow. The market is right here.
Moore and Ceasear have used local contractors for all the upgrades to the building and are very impressed with the residents of Prentiss and Bassfield. “People here have really come together,” Moore said. “This is a Jefferson Davis County project, and we want to use all the county resources we can. We even joined Prentiss’ gymnasium.