Of course you remember this post http://wp.me/p2kkJO-4d3 where I suggested that Chester consider getting into the indoor farming industry. Well, according to the philly.com, someone may have heard me.

(Lito) Sheppard, 36, is throwing more than just vocal support behind his source of self-medication. He’s one of a crop of former football players and athletes — some prominent — making a play in Pennsylvania’s burgeoning medical-marijuana industry.

Last week, he and partners in a new venture applied to the state for the right to open a cannabis-growing facility in Chester, Delaware County.

Laso Therapeutics applied only for a plot of land in Chester, near Talen Energy Stadium in the Waterfront District. Laso — a variation on the name Iaso, the Greek goddess of recuperation from illness —  has the backing of Chester’s mayor, Thaddeus Kirkland.

The proposal includes a promise to donate up to 5 percent of annual revenue to scholarships, charitable contributions, and urban rehabilitation to the city. It touts 20 to 30 jobs, which would go to city residents.


“Here in Chester, we’ve been working diligently to attract new businesses to the city, and the medical marijuana industry would be a welcome and, I believe, extremely helpful addition,” Kirkland said in a statement.