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MaryJNews, MN – A medical marijuana grow facility has gained approval in Cottage Grove. The Cottage Grove City Council has given the green light to LeafLine Labs LLC to grow medical marijuana. The cultivation center will be located in the cities business park.

After reaching unanimous approval Wednesday night, the council granted a conditional use permit as well as a contract for private development between LeafLine Labs LLC and Cottage Grove’s economic development agency.

LeafLine is owned in part by members of the Bachman family, which also owns the Twin Cities garden and floral chain that has the same name. The new venture will be considered a separate entity. The president of LeafLine, Peter Bachman, stated that he was initially skeptical of the medical marijuana (MMJ) business, however after conducting some research, he changed his mind.

“What we’re seeing when you look into this is you find that medical marijuana is less addictive than opioids,” Bachman told the council. “It’s safer and it’s often very effective. This medicine can improve quality of life and even save lives. So that is why we’re in this business. It’s the right thing to do and it’s the right thing to do right.”

According to city documents, LeafLine Labs LLC will initially build a 50,750 sf grow facility after purchasing a 24 acre property in the Cottage Grove business park. This will be used to grow and process marijuana for the Minnesota Marijuana Program. The facility has long range plans to expand the site up to 108,000 sf which will provide around 35 jobs from the beginning up to although not limited to 150 new job creations.

The Cottage Grove site would not operate as a Minnesota Dispensary. The new Minnesota medical cannabis law allows each registered manufacturer to operate up to four distribution facilities.

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