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February 7, 2014

Haverhill councilor: I was duped on pot dispensary

Scatamacchia feels 'used' by Jajuga, Fiorentini on marijuana dispensary letter


When the existence of the letter came to light earlier this week, several councilors said they were unaware of it and were shocked when they saw it. Council President John Michitson said he made copies of the letter and gave them to other councilors for the first time Tuesday night.

Haverhill ‘s moratorium on marijuana dispensaries expires Feb. 25 unless the council renews it.

Michitson said the zoning matter will be taken up at next Tuesday’s council meeting and that he expects it to be sent to a subcommittee for the purpose of holding a hearing and making recommendations to the full council prior to Feb. 25.

Haverhill ‘s moratorium on marijuana dispensaries expires Feb. 25 but can be renewed by the council.

Fiorentini has said the council still has authority to decide where a Haverhill dispensary can be located.

Healthy Pharms provisional state license is for 114 Hale St. — an old furniture building just north of downtown.

The CEO of Healthy Pharms, Nathaniel Averill, a former manager with Bristol-Myers Squibb, has a purchase-and-sale agreement with owner Ronald Auclair to buy the building for $360,000.

According to its proposal, the company plans to grow, process and distribute medical marijuana at the location. At the November council meeting, several neighbors showed up to voice their opposition to the Hale Street location.

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