COTTON PLANT, AR (WMC) - Cotton Plant, Arkansas residents are counting on a green plant to bring life back into the town.
“We don’t have nothing here for real. Anything to help this town, town is dying,” Resident David Conerly said.
Cotton Plant has seen better times. Now, buildings are boarded up or empty.
The only businesses are a convenience store and restaurant. There is no longer a gas station, bank or school.
“The citizens will have a place to work and won't have to drive so far," said
Newly-elected and the first female Cotton Plant Mayor Clara Harston-Brown says people have to drive 50 to 60 miles to go to work.
She and other residents like what they see rising above farm fields.
Lights and large structures house a kind of pot of gold for Cotton Plant.
Lush green plants grow in a marijuana cultivation facility. The plants will go to medical marijuana dispensaries.
The business is called Bold Team. I was unable to contact an owner of the company.
However, the mayor says the owners agreed the farm field was the perfect place for them.
"They're committed to hiring 25 people from Cotton Plant," Harston-Brown said. Conerly says, "anything that would help this town is all right you know."
The mayor says the jobs likely will be for trimmers, or employees who trim the marijuana buds used in the medical product.
Sammie Joe Dilworth, Junior has lived in Cotton Plant his entire life of 60 years.
He thinks the Bold Team business will bring people to Cotton Plant.
"People from out of town needs a place to live and gonna build the economy," Dilworth said.
Bold Team hopes to have its marijuana ready for medical dispensaries by Spring.
Three of those medical marijuana dispensaries are in West Memphis.