OCEANA, WV (WVNS) — 2/20/20 5:30 p.m. UPDATE: The movement to open a medical cannabis growing facility in Wyoming County comes to an end.
Joe Baisden, CEO and Chief Medical Officer of medical cannabis company Appalachian Heritage, confirmed to 59 News the plans to open and operate the facility are discontinued. The growing facility would have occupied the former Magic Mart in Oceana.
Wyoming County Economic Development Authority Executive Director, Christy Laxton, said this business would have provided many economic opportunities to people in the county.
“The jobs that it would provide, the tax revenue, and things like that. The economic benefit of all that would be extremely needed here in the county,” Laxton said.
Baisden said West Virginia State Code mandates $2 million in capital is required in order to start a medical cannabis business in the state. He explained Appalachian Heritage did not have enough money to meet the requirement past the Feb. 18 application deadline.
This means the Magic Mart building will continue to sit empty. Patty Mullins lives in the town of Oceana and said something needs to fill that building.
“I think it’s an eyesore for the community. I think we could do Roses, if they can’t do the cannabis thing in there, I think it needs to be Roses or something for the community. They tell you to keep business in the community, but they need to put in a business for us to stay here,” Mullins said.
Laxton said they are not giving up hope on that building, nor the business.
“We’re very hopeful that something will go in there. Maybe this didn’t happen for a reason, maybe there is something else out there that could go in that building, or it just wasn’t time for this to happen and it can happen in the future. There’s always reasons for things,” Laxton said.
Laxton said anyone if anyone has any ideas for business opportunities in that building, they can contact the EDA. Their office is located at 506 River Dr Avenue in Pineville.
OCEANA, WV (WVNS) — ORIGINAL STORY: A town in Wyoming County signed a letter of support welcoming medical cannabis.
The letter was signed at a town council meeting in Oceana Thursday, February 13, 2020. Medical cannabis company Appalachian Heritage presented a business plan to the Wyoming County Commission during a February meeting. The company wants to turn the old Magic Mart in Oceana into a growing facility.
The county Board of Health still has to decide whether or not to approve the facility. If approved, they could start remodeling the facility as early as April.