Kupris Sees Value in Setting Up Harvest Moonz Marijuana Shop Near Methadone Clinic

Full Harvest Moonz, under the direction of CEO Janet Kupris, intends to do business at 101 Plaistow Road. (File photograph)

With an in-depth understanding of the medicinal benefits of cannabis, Janet Kupris says her proposed Haverhill dispensary Full Harvest Moonz will be a perfect neighbor on Plaistow Road—in more ways than one. Outlining her plans for the marijuana dispensary at 101 Plaistow Road in the space formerly occupied by Jimmy K’s restaurant last week at a community outreach meeting, Kupris told WHAV she sees value in setting up shop near the Spectrum Health addiction treatment center. In fact, Kupris—currently the marketing director for Warwick, R.I.-based Summit Medical Compassion Center—hopes the cannabis she sells will offer an alternative to patients trying to get off of opiates. “I’ve seen firsthand people getting off their pharmaceuticals,” said Kupris, citing a 2017 Centers for Disease Control-backed report that said cannabis and cannabinoids could alleviate symptoms associated with chronic pain and multiple sclerosis, for example.

Cannabis CEO Kupris to Prioritize Education With Plaistow Road Dispensary

Janet Kupris of Weymouth hopes to open Full Harvest Moonz at 101 Plaistow Road next summer. (Courtesy photograph)

With her proposed cannabis dispensary, Weymouth native Janet Kupris hopes to educate the masses on the medical benefits of marijuana. On Tuesday night, Haverhill residents got their first look at Full Harvest Moonz, the location Kupris intends to open next summer in the spot formerly occupied by Jimmy K’s restaurant at 101 Plaistow Road. During her community outreach meeting—a necessary step in the licensing process required by the state’s Cannabis Control Commission—Kupris told WHAV how her background working in medical marijuana in Maine, Rhode Island and Massachusetts can benefit Haverhill consumers. “Towns that allow medical and recreational cannabis in their communities have a 24.8 percent decrease in opiate overdoses because they have access to cannabis,” she said.

Pineau Unveils In-Depth Plan for Proposed Haverhill Dispensary Stem

Caroline Pineau described plans for her proposed downtown dispensary Stem at a community outreach meeting Jan. 28 in Haverhill. (WHAV News photograph)

Downtown Haverhill business owner Caroline Pineau is one step closer to filing paperwork to receive a state license to open her proposed Washington Street marijuana dispensary Stem. On Monday, Pineau held a community outreach meeting for residents and abutters to offer the most up-to-date look yet at her “chic and sophisticated” dispensary at 124 Washington St. With the aid of Compliance Consultant Will Luzier and Communications Director Jim Borghesani, Pineau outlined the various security measures Stem has in place to prioritize safety.

Baker Pushes for Law to Apply OUI Statutes to Marijuana

There is currently no breathalyzer-type test to gauge marijuana impairment. (File photograph)

As the number of stores selling marijuana in Massachusetts grows, Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday announced he’ll ask lawmakers to adopt the recommendations of a special commission that studied ways to deal with operating under the influence. According to the State House News Service, if the Legislature adopts the 19 recommendations from the Special Commission on Operating Under the Influence and Impaired Driving, a driver suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana who refuses to take a chemical test for impairment would lose their license for at least six months. That is the same penalty faced by suspected drunken drivers who refuse to take a breathalyzer test. Since late November, nine retail marijuana stores have opened their doors and regulators say they expect four to eight new stores opening each month.

Proposed Haverhill Marijuana Shops Plan Community Outreach Meetings

Stem and Full Harvest Moonz will discuss their proposed shops with Haverhill residents next week. (File photograph)

Two weeks after Haverhill confirmed retail marijuana zoning, two shops hoping to do business in the city are preparing to unveil their plans to the public. Next week, Stem and Full Harvest Moonz are hosting evening Community Outreach meetings to introduce proposals for locations at 124 Washington St., and 101 Plaistow Road, respectively, and answer questions from residents. Caroline Pineau’s planned downtown dispensary Stem is first up, holding a session Monday night at the downtown UMass iHub at 2 Merrimack St. A meet and greet with Full Harvest Moonz, headed by Weymouth-based CEO Janet Kupris, happens Tuesday at the Welcome Street Citizens Center at 5:30 p.m.

Security measures, a diversion program aimed at minors and a community impact plan are among the issues Kupris plans to discuss, according to the Full Harvest Moonz meeting notice.

First Haverhill Marijuana Dispensary Could Open By July, Says Fiorentini

A retail marijuana dispensary could open in Haverhill by the summer, Mayor Fiorentini said. (File photograph)

The City of Haverhill stands to gain between $500,000 and $1.5 million in revenue from retail marijuana dispensaries, according to new figures released this week. Ahead of the Jan. 9 Planning Board meeting to finalize zoning for retail locations, Mayor James J. Fiorentini said he is negotiating host community agreements with three possible shop owners looking to open in Haverhill. According to Fiorentini, the host agreement stipulates how much money vendors will pay the city—capped by state law at 3 percent of their revenue, plus an additional 3 percent in sales tax revenue.

Council Tables Haverhill Marijuana Shop, Zoning Talk Until January

Haverhill city councilors Tuesday placed a marijuana ordinance governing zoning and use in the city on file for 10 days at Tuesday night’s meeting. (File photograph)

An ordinance governing the use and zoning of recreational marijuana in the City of Haverhill has been placed on file for at least 10 days, with the City Council opting Tuesday night to table further discussion until early January. The decision comes after months of back-and-forth discussion about where and in what manner marijuana use can take place in the city. As the ordinance drafted by City Solicitor William D. Cox Jr. stands, up to six locations—including retail shops and marijuana cultivators—may open in the city, with downtown’s Washington Street among the areas zoned for retail purposes. Councilors did not discuss the ordinance’s particulars Tuesday, instead placing it on file for a minimum of 10 days.

Former HHS Teacher Brown Details Planned City Marijuana Dispensary

The Mellow Fellows LLC includes former Haverhill High School teacher E. Philip Brown. (File photograph)

Retired Haverhill High teacher E. Philip Brown is living proof of just how marijuana can alleviate health ailments—he takes the drug for sleep apnea—and now the city resident hopes to open his own dispensary to help others. Registering his business with the state in September Brown currently oversees Mellow Fellows alongside business partners and fellow Hillies Timothy Riley and Charles Emery. As Brown tells WHAV, the trio is well on their way to opening a retail marijuana shop—but is waiting until the city confirms zoning before sharing more details. Of paramount importance for the longtime city educator active in civic groups is to make sure the retail shop is done right.