The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (TALA), is a historic landmark in West Virginia that is known for ghost tours and the paranormal.
Constructed between 1858 and 1881, it is the largest hand-cut stone masonry building in North America.
There’s a new endeavor by the staff at the premises, and its the growing and producing of medical marijuana.
Rebecca Jordan Gleason, who is the operations manager at the asylum, stated, “What we plan to be doing is growing and processing marijuana. The leaf plant is not legal at this time, so we have to change it into different types of gels, oils, that type of thing, and that’s what will be sold. No leaf or food edibles will be sold at this time.”
There are acres of farmland behind the asylum that could be used.
“We are trying to do whatever we can do to save one of the eleven national historic landmarks in West Virginia. When the possibility of medical marijuana came up we looked at it as business people, and what could we do for the asylum if we were able to do something like this, and that’s immediately what we started looking at,” explained Gleason.
“I admire the people at TALA for realizing that this could be really an important economic development for this whole area,” said Weston Mayor Julia Spelsberg.