A pot-growing farm could be part of the Buffalo waterfront if new York state legalizes recreational marijuana.
A California company, led by a Buffalo native, is looking to build a campus for growing recreational marijuana at the Buffalo Lakeside Commerce Center
Flora California Prime Inc. has been approved by the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation to build on almost 50 acres at the center.
Developer Brad Termini, Developer Rocco Termini’s son, tells us he plans to transform the property into a high tech cannabis campus, making it one of the biggest grow operations in the country.
Developing the project will cost $200 million dollars and Termini hopes to bring at least 800 jobs to the Buffalo with it.
But there is a catch. The plans will only go through if the New York state legislature approves the cannabis legislation that Governor Cuomo plans to make a high priority this year.
Termini’s land purchase is a step forward in getting his California company to get a fast start if legalization happens.
If that happens, the facility could grow as much as 1- million square feet of cannabis and also house a research and development operation.
Termini says this is a strategy to continue the economic renaissance of Buffalo.
Termini said, “For Buffalo to take a leadership position on this, to attract those jobs and that industry to this area, I think is something that is really unique, and should be noted this is a major economic development project for the region and is going to create not only jobs, but well paying jobs with future growth in a high tech industry.”
Flora is also creating a partnership with Roswell Park to do medical research programs on campus.
Gorvernor Cuomo has pledged to propose legislation as soon as next week, and construction would begin as soon as the legislation passes.
Termini hopes to be up and running by 2020.