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Former Ashland police chief listed as dispensary owner

Editor's Note: Vic and Claudia Lively are former owners of the building proposed to hold a medical marijuana dispensary in Ashland but are not involved in the dispensary operations in any way. They sold the building to the business owner, Michael Lisk, with the sale closing in October. The Livelys' names were listed on the planning application submitted to the city because they were still the owners of record at the time the application was submitted. We regret the error and apologize for making it. Click here to read an updated article.

A former chief of the Ashland Police Department is listed as one of the owners of a proposed medical marijuana dispensary on Main Street.

According to a notice of application filed Oct. 15 by the City of Ashland Planning Department, Michael Lisk of Gold Hill submitted an application for change of use to convert an office and residential building at 488 N. Main St. into a medical marijuana dispensary. The building, previously owned by retired Ashland police Chief Vic Lively and his wife, Claudia, was bought by Lisk in October for $320,000, according to Jackson County tax records.

The building, built in 1910, previously housed Claudia Lively's real estate business, A. Lively Company, which is now based out of Talent.

Vic Lively, 75, retired from the helm of the Ashland Police Department in 1991.

While Lisk now owns the building, the Lively's are listed as the owners of the proposed dispensary. Calls to the Livelys' listed home number receive an automated message asking callers to call the couples' cell phones. Calls to the last known cellphone number for Vic Lively went straight to voicemail — which hasn't been set up.

Assistant planner Amy Gunter says the change of use application was necessary because of the change in business traffic resulting from creating a storefront.

"It was less about a medical marijuana dispensary and more about going from office use to retail use," she said in a phone message Friday.

Ashland's city ordinance governing marijuana dispensaries excludes them from the downtown core, and state law requires them to be more than 1,000 feet from a school to comply with state law. Those restrictions won't apply if the dispensary became a recreational marijuana outlet when Measure 91 takes effect in July.

Lisk did not return calls for comment Thursday, and when a Mail Tribune photographer arrived Friday to photograph the building, Lisk, who was on site, told him that he wasn't currently willing to discuss plans for the dispensary.

Photographer Jamie Lusch contributed to this story. Reach reporter Thomas Moriarty at 541-776-4471, or by email at tmoriarty@mailtribune.com. Follow him at @ThomasDMoriarty.