Mississippi’s first cannabis cultivator promises jobs for Meridian

As Mississippi’s first company to receive licensing for medical cannabis cultivation and processing in the state, Southern Crop and its relationship with its hometown of Meridian will be something to watch. The company’s chief marketing officer, Yesenia Garcia, said the initial reception from the city has been very positive. 

“The people of Meridian make it a great place to be, and being a part of this community is essential to the development of the city and the cannabis program,” Garcia said. “We strive to be good stewards by ensuring we provide competitive wages and career development opportunities and by supporting local groups.”

Meridian’s community development director, Craig Hitt, said Southern Crop hasn’t yet started hiring those who will operate the facility, which will not only grow cannabis but also process it – essentially creating usable cannabis for sale to retailers.

“There are lots of construction jobs on-site, and they have also hired a security group that is in place on-site 24/7 now, but they have not actually started hiring workers,” Hitt said. “In fact, I saw one of the Southern Crop guys at a recent event, and they are saying around the first of the year, they intend to be at full operations. In the next few months, there will be some jobs created.” 

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