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January 26, 2014

Familiar names behind marijuana proposals

Former state reps, prominent attorneys assisting applicants

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D’Arcangelo, who declined to comment and directed questions to Saba, also sits on several boards and non-profits in the area, Saba said. “His background in law enforcement was important for interacting with the security aspect, like risk mitigation, risk management and security training for our team. He is a good candidate for what we need,” said Saba.

Lawrence family practitioner Dr. Jean Tabit, wife of attorney and former candidate for state representative Salim Tabit, also sits on the board. Salim Tabit is currently has a law practice with former state Rep. Arthur Broadhurst.

BeWell is represented by Methuen attorney Vincent Manzi, cousin to former Methuen mayor and current Seabrook town manager William Manzi and a past law partner with former state Sen. Steven Baddour,of Methuen.

Broadhurst said he is not working for one of the applicantions, but does have a past client who is involved with one of the non-profits. He declined to specify whom.

In Ipswich, a non-profit called Ipswich Pharmaceutical Associates includes on its board of directors former state representative and registered lobbyist Peter McCarthy of Peabody.

McCarthy said Friday that having former state and local officials on a proposal can help with community support, a factor DPH considers when deciding which proposals with get licenses, and represents local ties in a new market that has generated significant out of state interest.

“These people know the community.” he said. “If you can’t muster up community support, then you don’t belong. There’s a lot of foreign companies coming in from outside of the state, and part of this puzzle is to retain the Massachusetts presence, and that’s what the boards are reflective of.”

Others on Ipswich Pharmaceutical’s board include Ipswich cafe owner Joseph F. McCarthy, with whom Peter McCarthy said he is not closely related. “Maybe somewhere down the line. Remember, though, in Ireland third cousins are as good as twins,” he said.

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