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PA Tax Dollars Awarded For PurePenn’s Expansion Of Medical Cannabis Production

Pure Penn, now owned by Florida-based Trulieve, is expanding

It’s a first.

The state of Pennsylvania has awarded a grant of state tax dollars to a medical marijuana grower in this area. And it could mean a growth in jobs.

It’s the story of an industry that is taking off in the Mon Valley. McKeesport in the 1960s had 45,000 residents and 10,000 worked the National Tube Steel mill.

Today, barely 19,000 people live in the city, but the old National Tube site is the location of Pure Penn, this region’s fastest-growing grower and manufacturer of medical cannabis.

“We’re going to be the next kind of big industry to revitalize and help drive economic development for the city of McKeesport,” Gabe Perlow, the president of Pure Penn, told KDKA money editor Jon Delano.

Pure Penn, now owned by Florida-based Trulieve, is expanding its 35,000 square foot facility to 135,000 square feet thanks to a $2 million capital grant from the state of Pennsylvania, the first such award of state tax dollars to a medical cannabis manufacturer.

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