Pennsylvania Medical Pot Has yet to Impact Agriculture Business

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There was little obvious sign of the newest addition to the state's agricultural landscape at the Pennsylvania Farm Show on Monday.

While the costs of cultivating medical marijuana make it an unlikely business venture for most farmers, its production is expected to get a lot more notice within the industry.

Pennsylvania became the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana for the treatment of 17 medical conditions last April. The Department of Health has been rolling out regulations, with the goal of having the drug available for patients next year.

The next steps of a burgeoning industry that grows, processes and dispenses the drug will be hard to ignore.

“It’s coming,” said Henry Nickerson, vice president of project delivery at Integrated Agriculture Systems, at the company's Farm Show booth Monday afternoon.

The company develops hydroponic systems for vertical growing and urban farming, and trains growers to use the equipment. It’s the...

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