Federally sanctioned marijuana grow plant opens in New Mexico


“We chose Grants, New Mexico because of the climate,” Rafih said.

They have big ambitions.

“If you look at the number of people addicted to opioids for the many different ailments and ailments that we treat, the product that we’re going to be producing from here and the patents that we have – hopefully – we hope it will take out, to term, opioids. This is our goal, ”Rafih said.

The bones of a greenhouse have already been built, but this is just the start as the entire facility will soon be a 115-acre cannabis research and manufacturing plant. With more than 100 employees, they said it was worth more than $ 300 million in investment, however, some locals still have concerns.

“They haven’t even spoken to anyone in the town of Grants until today. And that makes me very nervous,” said Martin Hicks, Mayor of Grants.

Hicks, known for his outspokenness, had some reservations.

“My big concerns are water. Where are they going to get water from? Labor, where are they going to get labor? does she live? “

Rafih said the recyclable water system will ultimately use less water than the golf course in the nearby town. He also said that initially there will be more than 400 local jobs needed for construction.

“Am I against this project? No. We need jobs, we need everything that goes with it. But I have a lot of concerns that need to be addressed,” Hicks said.

“If we do everything that we say we’re going to do, and we have every intention of doing it, then it should be a game for the long haul,” Rafih said.

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