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February 9, 2014

Officials dispute claims by marijuana company

Say they didn't offer support for pot dispensary

HAVERHILL — Several public officials are questioning statements made by a company that received a license for a medical marijuana dispensary in Haverhill.

In its application to the state, Healthy Pharms, Inc. named the officials, said it met with some of them, and described their positive reaction to the company’s proposal.

However, on Friday two officials named in the application said they did not meet with Healthy Pharms representatives.

Another official named in the application said he was surprised that an informal conversation about the dispensary was described in the application as supportive of the plan.

Healthy Pharms, Inc. received a provisional license on Jan. 31 to operate a medical marijuana dispensary at 114 Hale St. The company stated in its 146-page application that it held meetings with four officials to discuss the dispensary location and characterized the results of those meetings as generally supportive.

“William Pillsbury Jr., director of the City of Haverhill Economic Development and Planning was happy to meet with HPI representatives on several occasions,” Healthy Pharms wrote in its application. “HPI discussed the possible development on an RMD within the Haverhill city limits and the best possible locations for these activities.’’

However, Pillsbury said on Friday that he never met with Healthy Pharms.

“That’s absolutely untrue, unless it’s a passing conversation I had with Jim Jajuga,” Pillsbury said. “I haven’t had a meeting with them. I see that as a misrepresentation.”

Jajuga is a current Methuen city councilor. He has also been a state senator, high-ranking state police officer, state secretary of public safety and president of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce. He told The Eagle-Tribune last week that he did consulting work on behalf of Healthy Pharms.

Pillsbury said the only conversation he had with Jajuga was a brief talk at the counter in Pillsbury’s City Hall office about having a meeting concerning the Healthy Pharms proposal.

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