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Cannabis company reaches community benefits agreement with Buffalo

The City of Buffalo has negotiated a Community Benefits Agreement with Flora California Prime to provide resources to fund additional community policing initiatives and implement best practices in strengthening the relationship between community and police, Mayor Byron W. Brown said.

Brown said he plans to unveil details of the community benefits agreement during his State of the City address on Friday.

Flora, a cannabis health and wellness manufacturing company, plans to open a complex on 47 acres of land at several sites on Ship Canal Parkway and Laborers Way that would include 1.25 million square feet for cultivation, production and research. That would include an extraction laboratory to take the oil out of the plant and produce balms, creams, pills, transdermal patches and other products.

Flora will also conduct product development and house its New York corporate office on the new campus. In all, the company estimates that it could employ between 500 and 1,000 people locally.

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