Medical marijuana industry could spark local economy

Michael Kahn, owner of MCR Labs in Framingham which tests medical marijuana products, with samples waiting to be tested. Daily News Staff Photo / Allan Jung

NATICK – Meaghan Chalmers hopes to get a jumpstart on a budding new industry in Massachusetts.

The 26-year-old Lynn woman is learning from instructors at Natick’s Northeastern Institute of Cannabis information that will help her have a successful career in an array of businesses forming as a result of Massachusetts’ legalization of medical marijuana.

“There’s going to be a ton of businesses opening up,” Chalmers said. “I want to be in the cannabis industry for the long-term.”

MetroWest and the Milford area are already home to several businesses, including the school and labs that test marijuana samples. Companies are eyeing local communities for a dispensary and marijuana growing operation.

And, while voters in 2012 legalized use of marijuana for medical reasons, efforts are underway

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