Sailing too High
For years, the Philip Morris plant on Route 143 near Williamsburg has been vacant. The place used to repair machines that make cigarettes, and then it was expanded for smokeless tobacco. But an acquisition by Altria (new company name) of Skoal rendered the plant redundant. A fellow I took sailing has noticed several dormant Altria plants in and around Richmond, just going to waste. “I wonder if the company is keeping them for future use to make marijuana cigarettes,” he postulated. Virginia isn’t about to legalize pot, but could it manufacture it for other states that already have done so?