US: Inside a $30 million bet on Mississippi’s medical cannabis industry

In an unincorporated area outside, Raymond stands what its chief executive claims will be the largest medical cannabis growing and manufacturing operation in Mississippi, if not the southeastern United States. 

The 163,000-square-foot behemoth once housed the state’s Department of Revenue but is now the home of Mockingbird Cannabis, a $30 million bet on the state’s medical cannabis industry.

The facility includes 16 growing rooms, each capable of producing 250 to 300 pounds of cannabis every eight weeks. It will be operated by more than 200 employees, with the lowest paid workers making $17 per hour.

Clint Patterson, chief executive officer of Mockingbird Cannabis, said he expects that they’ll see the demand for that volume of product since 74% of voters approved the medical cannabis program. “I think that if we were really being transparent and honest, there’s probably a billion dollar industry in cannabis right now in Mississippi,” Patterson said. “It’s just not legal.” 

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