LEWIS COUNTY W.Va. (WDTV) - "We are a business so we are looking to make money and we've got a, just under a quarter of a mile, 9-acres of floor space, in our beautiful national historic landmark, one of eleven, and we'd like to heat it someday. So, we think that joining in on the medical cannabis, becoming a grower, would be a big benefit for us" says Operations Manager for the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Rebecca Jordan-Gleason.
The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is looking to obtain a Medical Cannabis Growers License, but with state laws not finished yet, and the application not available, this comes as a process.
"First things first, we have to go and ask for permission or support of the city and the county, now the actual application isn't even out yet, the laws aren't even finished so as far as have we applied or anything yet, no. It's not even available yet, all we can go on is what's coming from other states" says Jordan-Gleason.
Now, this would be set up as a separate business under the same corporate name and the area would only be open to people who purchase a Kush Tour. The Kush Tours would be set up in the brick buildings behind the asylum, making sure to keep both attractions separate.
"There's a tremendous amount of work that has to go into those buildings, but based on what they require for these locations, it's going to be about a $1 million investment," says Jordan-Gleason.
Jordan-Gleason adds that she wants to keep the business in Lewis County, but other options like Taylor, Webster and Monongalia Counties are still a possibility.
"We want it to be in Lewis County, we know the area is desperate for some type of revenue," says Jordan-Gleason.
"I'm for it, I think we could use the money here," says Weston resident Debbie McVay.
While some community members say it's a good thing, Weston's drug problem has other people a bit more hesitant.
"That doesn't have to be grown here in Weston, West Virginia where we already have a huge drug problem," says Lewis County resident Judy Bennett.