Downingtown Millennial at Forefront of New Medical Marijuana Industry

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Downingtown native Alessandro Cesario rose to lead a Las Vegas cannabis growing operation, and is now a model for his home state’s budding medical marijuana industry. Image via John Locher, Associated Press.

He first got his hands dirty digging in the Downingtown family garden.

Then he cleaned up with college lessons in soilless hydroponics.

Now Alessandro Cesario is leading a full-scale Las Vegas cannabis farm, and he’s become a model for fellow millennials now that Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana industry is starting to sprout.


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“It’s not like you’re walking into a cubicle, that’s for sure,” Cesario said in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report by Justine McDaniel. “Everyone’s super stoked to be here and just to be around the plants.”

The 26-year-old with a work ethic that pumps more than 80 hours a week into his 58,000-square-foot Desert Grown Farms medical marijuana growing operation credits his early interest in gardening and knowledge of plants for getting him where he is today.

“It’s really just overall plant knowledge that’s really helped me to come in here and just know what I’m doing,” he said.

And with Pennsylvania joining the 28 other states that have legalized medical marijuana, his expertise is in high demand.

Read more about Cesario’s career path and the budding medical marijuana industry in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette here, and check out previous VISTA Today coverage of the topic here.

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