Firm sees growth potential in medical marijuana market

PITTSBURGH (AP) – From the start, Lalit Chordia wants this to be clear: His manufacturing outfit in O’Hara is not a medical marijuana company.

It just happens that a high-pressure extraction method long mastered by Thar Process Inc. works wonders in producing treatments from the plant – namely pills, Chordia said.

Now that Pennsylvania has approved medical marijuana in limited forms – including those pills – he wants his business to stake a prime spot in the state’s emerging production market for the drug. The company president figures Western Pennsylvania suppliers for his extraction systems could add a couple of dozen workers to meet new demand, not including positions that Thar Process might add to its own payroll of about 30 workers.

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