Downtown Haverhill Marijuana Shop Seeks to Remove Appointment Restriction and Customer Limit

A security guard sits in front of Stem, 124 Washington St., Haverhill. A sign notifies potential patrons they must make appointments online. (WHAV News photograph.)

The public has opportunities to shape policy this week as various Haverhill boards meet. In the interest of transparency in government, WHAV provides this list of upcoming meetings every week.

Stem, an adult-use marijuana retailer in downtown Haverhill, is asking the city to remove conditions that limit the store to appointments only and limit the number of customers per hour.

The business appears before the Haverhill City Council tonight after it says it received no objections from a city panel that was established to review such requests. The panel includes the police chief, fire chief and city engineer. Stem also seeks clarification that it may operate any time between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., but not before noon on Sundays.

Stem opened at the end of May at 124 Washington St., after receiving permission from the state Cannabis Control Commission. It would have opened in April had it not been for coronavirus-related business restrictions. Stem cleared its last city hurdle back in January when it received a city-required parking license. The store is currently limited to 25 customers per hour.

The Haverhill City Council meets both virtually and in person at 7 p.m., at Theodore A. Pelosi, Jr. Council Chambers, room 202, 4 Summer St., Haverhill.

In other public meetings this week:

Tuesday, Sept.15

Haverhill Board of Assessors meets to discuss excise tax abatements and other topics, Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 9-10 a.m., in the Assessor’s office, room 115, Haverhill City Hall.

Wednesday, Sept. 16

Haverhill Historic Commission plans to discuss strategies for obtaining public input regarding the statue of Hanna Duston in GAR Park, downtown Haverhill. The Commission meets remotely Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m. in

Haverhill Board of Appeals meets Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m., at Theodore A. Pelosi, Jr. Council Chambers, room 202, 4 Summer St., Haverhill. Among items on the agenda is a request from Fantini Brothers Realty to construct a 45-foot by 115-foot addition at 375 Washington St., for a new bakery oven.

Thursday, Sept. 17

Haverhill Public Library Board of Trustees meets for its regular meeting both remotely and in person, Thursday, Sept. 17, at 8:30 a.m., in the library auditorium, 99 Main St., Haverhill.

Merrimack Valley Planning Commission meets remotely Thursday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. The agenda includes community and economic development and transportation updates.

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