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Medical marijuana company hosts open house in York City
A local company looking to open a medical marijuana facility in York City held an open house for the public Saturday afternoon.
Five-Leaf Remedies investors and team members stood inside a small room on the side of the building at 219 E. Poplar St. for two hours to talk to local residents and other interested parties about the company's intentions, should it be approved for the location and a permit.
Building: Christina Kauffman, spokeswoman for the company, said about 20 residents stopped in on Saturday. In general, she said, the company has been seeing interest from residents.
"We've gotten a lot of people supporting us," she said.
Kauffman said the plan for the building is to have offices on the lower level, with growing operations on the upper level. She said the site will have increased security and cameras.
"It's going to be Fort Knox," she said of the level of security.
Kauffman said the building "needs more life" and that it hasn't been used much since it was a sewing factory in the 1980s.
"It's a real innovative opportunity for York," she said.
She said the facility would hire between eight and 10 people.
Additionally, she said, the company is looking to set up three dispensaries, but those locations have not been determined yet.
Locals: Among the guests was Joseph Irizarry, of Camp Hill. Irizarry said he has lived most of his life in York City and would like to get a job at the proposed facility.
"I think all of this is amazing," Irizarry said.
Irizarry said he was there to "link up" with the people behind the plans.
"I want to be a part of this history," he said.
Cheryl Jacquez, of York City, also was on board with the facility.
"I don't think they'd be proposing this without doing their homework," she said.
Jacquez said the facility would be good for the city, which she said has seen a lot of development in the few years she's lived there.
"I think it's great," she said.
Upcoming meetings: This week will be an important one for Five-Leaf Remedies’ hopes of opening a facility inside city limits.
The company will present its ideas to the York City Planning Commission on Monday night and will speak at the York City Zoning Hearing Board on Thursday.
Both meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. in York City Hall, 101 S. George St.
Five-Leaf Remedies has at least three tentative supporters on the York City Council, which has the final say on approving any proposals, but proposals must first go through the city’s zoning hearing board, Council President Michael Helfrich has said.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.