Kent County Commissioner Ron Fithian has confirmed that the state’s largest medical marijuana grower is expanding its operation to Kent County and is expected to bring 80-100 high paying jobs.

Michael Bronfein, CEO and Co-Founder of Timonium-based Curio Wellness, approached the Kent County Commissioners about a month ago expressing an interest in expanding the company’s growing operation here.

Fithian said the Kent Commissioners and Baltimore County Executive John “Johnny O” Olszewski, Jr. have written letters of support to the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission to bring Curio here.

The move depends on a decision from the MMCC to allow Curio to expand into another county, Fithian said.

Curio is the largest producer of medical cannabis in the state and a majority of the dispensaries in the state sell Curio cannabis products.

The company’s Timonium operation includes a dispensary and a 45,000 sq. ft. growing operation. They also operate a 10,000 sq. ft. processing facility.

“We see this is as an opportunity to finally benefit from this new industry by bringing in 80-100 jobs to Kent County.” Fithian said. “This would be a game changer for any county our size.”

Kent County did not receive any of the 15 original cannabis growing permits in 2016.