Vacant California prison could be turned into cannabis production site
As thousands of people have served unfair sentences for marijuana possession, one California prison might actually be used to grow pot.
The city of Coalinga is currently reviewing a proposal to transform the currently vacant Claremont Custody Center into a manufacturing center for marijuana cultivation and cannabis oil production, the Fresno Bee reports.
The city council voted 4-1 in April to prepare an ordinance to allow commercial cannabis cultivation at the former prison. The decision was made after officials fielded a proposal from a California-based cannabis oil company called Ocean Grown Extracts, who hope to turn the empty 77,000 square-foot prison into a massive growing operation.
The move could effectively bring in millions annually in tax payments and hundreds of job opportunities, both of which would bring Coalinga up from their diminishing crude oil and prison industries. Located in Fresno County, oil-related jobs have fallen over 20 percent since January 2015.
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