The porous, sticky nature of cannabis “makes it averse to mechanization in many ways,” he said.
Canajoharie Central School Board President Mark Brody asked whether the facility’s workforce will consist of locals. Preference will be given to local applicants, just as it was when Dundas was involved in both cannabis retail and production facilities in Massachusetts, he said.
The majority of the anticipated employees would work during daytime hours, information which answered a question from Janet Lee Stanley, Canajoharie-Palatine Chamber of Commerce president and owner of Lee’s
Shops at Wagner Square, who was interested in the possibility for ripple-effect commerce.
The plant’s existence, Dundas said, will “generate demand on certain expendable products,” including soil, pots, rubber gloves, furniture, pushcarts and computer equipment.
“There has developed in the cannabis industry an enormous … ancillary industry segment of folks that provide products and services to cannabis companies. I think that it’ll take the wherewithal of local entrepreneurs, but … there very well could be opportunities for ancillary businesses to sprout up,” locally, he said.
In Massachusetts, residents fears that cannabis businesses would attached heightened crime and reduced property values did not materialize, Dundas told Montgomery County Sheriff Jeffery T. Smith who asked: “Did you see any increase in crimes or problems around your facility when you set up shop,” in Massachusetts?