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Group Proposes Medical Marihuana Dispensary In Hancock

A group of medical marihuana providers would like to put a dispensary in Hancock.

A presentation given to the city council by David Duefrene proposed locating the dispensary near Pat’s Food’s.

The city has an ordinance prohibiting dispensaries within 1,000 feet of school property or 500 feet of church property.

Duefrene said the location has been measured out and falls within the guidelines.

During his presentation, he also highlighted the reported health benefits of various forms of marihuana and how the availability of the drug has led to the reduction of opioid addictions and overall crime.

The city council did not make any move at the meeting to approve the dispensary.

Hancock Mayor Lisa McKenzie indicated she did not believe the city to be ready.

The trailer park on the west end of Hancock is up for sale.

City Manager Glenn Anderson informed the city council at their regular meeting of the listing.

Anderson said there are currently 16 trailers on the property with around a dozen occupied.

The area is zoned R1 for residential families.

The city of Hancock has a new fire chief.

William Lepisto was elected to replace former Fire Chief Joseph Neher, who retired.

The fire department also provided the city council with their current list of officers.

Spring Cleanup of Hancock will take place May 5th and 6th.

Debris such as old furniture, lumber and small metal items may be brought to the Public Works Garage those days from 9am to 6pm.

Curbside pickup of lawn debris will take place the Monday’s of May 8th and 15th.

Biodegradable bags are available from the city office,

Details can be found on the City of Hancock website.

The city will team up with AmeriCorps to restore Hancock Beach.

Volunteers are needed to help out on May 20th.

In other business, the city approved a resolution of intent to participate in the MEDC’s Redevelopment Ready Communities Program.

A joint meeting with the Houghton City Council was scheduled for May 16th at the Carnegie Museum at 6pm.

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