In politically conservative Calhoun County, Scott Fleming embraces the economic potential of legal marijuana businesses.
As the CEO of the Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance, Fleming remains a bit of an outlier. He speaks positively of the economic boost coming to town with a medical marijuana growing facility and a processing center. Within the next five years, the two companies are expected to create about 450 jobs combined, as well as invest millions of dollars in the community. A third company is expected soon that will focus on making edible marijuana. Fleming said he also wants to attract a compliance testing laboratory to Marshall.
While Marshall, which has a population of 7,046 people, doesn’t allow for retail provisioning centers, Fleming hopes the city becomes a “distribution hub” for medical marijuana in the coming years.
“It really is kind of a boon for the community. They’re very good partners and want to make a