Proposal would turn industrial building into hemp plant in Vermont

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2013 file photo, a woman stands in a hemp field at a farm in Springfield, Colo. On Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, a hearing was held at the State Capitol in Lincoln, Neb., on a bill that would open the market to grow and harvest hemp in Nebraska, two months after President Donald Trump signed a law to legalize hemp. (AP Photo/P. Solomon Banda)
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A woman stands in a hemp field at a farm in Springfield, Colo.

PAWLET, Vt. — An old industrial building in southwestern Vermont could be turned into a medical marijuana and hemp processing plant.

The Rutland Herald reports that Castleton resident Anthony Traficanti has proposed the project in West Pawlet.

Town officials say they are trying to transform the vacant Lesley Iron Works building into useful space.


Zoning Administrator Hal Wilkins says Traficanti indicated he would need about six employees. Wilkins says the facility would benefit farmers and have significantly less of an impact than the iron operation, which generated heavy traffic and noise.

He says the town has issued an “OK” for the sewer and wastewater discharge and is seeking comments from schools. But not everyone approves. Resident Dorothy Brace is against it and Dimitar Atanasov says he needs more information before signing off.