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March 6, 2014

Advisers had pot license revoked

Lost Colorado dispensary before joining Haverhill medical marijuana effort

HAVERHILL — A company trying to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Haverhill has a husband-and-wife team of consultants who were forced in 2012 to close their Colorado marijuana dispensary because of violations.

Diane and John “Jay” Czarkowski helped open one of the first marijuana cultivation facilities in Boulder in 2009. John Czarkowski’s license to operate a marijuana greenhouse and dispensary was revoked three years later by Boulder officials.

The officials said they found several violations there, including improper storage of marijuana, growing more plants than allowed by the state license and improperly maintaining records about the number of reported patients. Czarkowski operated the business with a partner, whose name also appears on the license revocation notice dated March 2, 2012.

On Jan. 31, the nonprofit organization Healthy Pharms Inc. was awarded one of 20 provisional state licenses to grow, process and sell medical marijuana at an old furniture building at 114 Hale St., Haverhill. The building is in an industrial area just outside Lafayette Square and north of downtown.

The Healthy Pharms application notes that a firm called “CA’’ was “retained to help design and build HPI’ s cultivation center (in Haverhill) and to provide oversight management of the facility once operational.”

The application also notes that CA is led by Jay and Diane Czarkowski, “who, in addition to their experience in the efficient design and build-out of large scale cultivation centers (15,000-100,000 square feet), each has extensive cannabis cultivation experience.”

The Eagle-Tribune left messages by phone and email for Healthy Pharms’ lawyer, Valerio Romano of Boston, seeking comment for this story. The newspaper also emailed Healthy Pharms President Nathaniel Averill asking for contact information for Jay Czarkowski. None of the messages were returned.

Lesley Rich, a real estate attorney and president of a group that unsuccessfully applied for a dispensary license in New Bedford, Mass., said the Czarkowskis are affiliated with several organizations looking to open dispensaries in Haverhill, Dennis and Quincy.

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