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Developers plan to break ground soon on a new medical marijuana growing and processing facility in Marshall, in south central Michigan, that’s expected to create 400 jobs, an official said Tuesday.

Michigan Pure Med plans to develop about 20 acres in the city’s industrial park south of the downtown, said Scott Fleming, CEO of the Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance.

The first phase — 250,000 square feet of greenhouses — is expected to create more than 100 jobs, Fleming said. Once plans are fully developed more than 1.3 million square feet will be utilized and about 400 people will be employed, he said.

“It’s pretty big,” Fleming said. “Marshall has not really been getting a lot of jobs lately,” and the new jobs should also help with housing development.

The development is subject to approval of state licensing.

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