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PharmaCann now operates 220,000 square feet of cultivation and manufacturing space. He declined to say how many employees the startup had hired or how much money it had raised, though in March, PharmaCann expected to hire roughly 50-75 people for the Illinois operation. At that time, $20 million had been raised.
Scott said the “continual evolution of the industry and the acceptance of it in the country” has allowed the company to grow. He also said the sense of risk connected to the enterprise has subsided since he, Leja and Jeremy Unruh, another former Polsinelli partner, first decided to become pot pioneers. (Unruh joined PharmCann as general counsel.)
PharmaCann is able to expand in New York thanks to the Compassionate Care Act, a 2014 that set in motion a highly regulated medical marijuana program in the state. The company’s manufacturing facility is located in Orange County, New York, while its dispensaries will open in the Bronx, Syracuse, Albany and Buffalo.
Leja said he doesn’t miss the pressure to bill hourly and generate a new business that comes with an equity partner position at a big firm. He said while he was still practicing, he often fantasized about how to leave.
“It’s been quite a change from the law, that’s for sure,” he said.