LOCK HAVEN , CLINTON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOUTV)–A new business in Clinton County is looking to staff its facility and veterans are getting first dibs. 

One after one people filed into the room with resumes in hand waiting for a chance at a new beginning. The first medical marijuana grower and processor in Clinton County, Terrapin Care Station, is preparing for distribution but first managers are looking for the right people to staff its plant.

“We have job opportunities throughout the facility, production employees, harvest employees, logistical employees,” CEO of Terrapin, Chris Woods said.

These job seekers at the VFW in Lock Haven are hoping they are chosen for the role.

Terrapin Care Station is just one of 12 businesses licensed to grow and process marijuana in Pennsylvania and they are committed to hiring veterans.

They’ve partnered up with vetforce, a new security firm in Clinton County mainly operated by veterans to hire a staff, 30-percent of whom will be veterans in the coming weeks. Former service men and women who’ve struggled to get a job here at home are glad for the opportunity.

“I’ve had run ins with a couple of jobs where they think you’re going to have an attitude or mental issues because you’re a veteran,” William White said, who was applying for a job. 

“Some employers have left them behind after they’ve served their company and we see in Lock Haven that there is a larger unemployment rate among veterans” Woods said.

Leaders at Terrapin say they’ve worked to highlight the medicinal value of marijuana especially for veterans who struggle with opioid abuse at PTSD. While medical marijuana was legalized in Pennsylvania. The V-A still does not allow the prescription of or payments for marijana.

Army veteran Wayne Litz was recently hired as a plant trimmer at Terrapin. He says the company’s commitment to veterans will help a lot of service men and women who have an easier transition when they get home. 

“I wanted to be a part of something that is beneficial to everybody,” Litz said.