Haverhill Councilors Remove Last Local Hurdle for Stem Marijuana Shop Opening; Grants Parking License

Caroline Pineau poses outside her proposed Haverhill marijuana dispensary Stem at 124 Washington St. (Jay Saulnier file photograph for WHAV News.)

The second time was a charm last night for a downtown marijuana retailer trying to secure two required parking spaces for its business.

Haverhill Stem, at 124 Washington St., had been granted a special permit to operate with the stipulation that they secure a parking license to help ensure the safe exchange of product and money.

Caroline Pineau, the owner of the company, brought that request to the city council last month but as a result of a no vote by Councilor Joseph J. Bevilacqua and the unusual absence of four other city council members, she was unable to muster the five votes necessary to secure the license.

Because of the circumstances, Pineau was given the opportunity to resubmit her petition and with a full complement of councilors on hand, was awarded the use of two city-owned parking spaces on Phoenix Row by a vote of seven to one with Bevilacqua opposed and Councilor Michael S. McGonagle leaving the room because of his involvement with the Amesbury Road building Mellow Fellows plans to rent for its marijuana business.

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