Bevilacqua Wins Approval for Marijuana Delivery Review; Worries About Newly Permitted Shops

Concerned about the impact of newly approved delivery service and social consumption cafes, Haverhill city councilors approved investigating how new regulations affects the city’s recreational marijuana store permitting. Councilor Joseph J. Bevilacqua, who has opposed siting adult-use marijuana stores in Haverhill, Tuesday night sought to find out if special permits previously granted need to be changed. “During the discussions of the four pot shops that were approved by the City Council, there was no mention of delivery, and the delivery could be literally anywhere in the city, anywhere outside of the city as well,” he said. Councilors voted to approve sending a letter to City Solicitor William D. Cox Jr. asking if special permit conditions must be updated. The motion passed 7-0 with Council President John A. Michitson absent and Councilor Michael S. McGonagle abstaining.

Jennings, Brooks, Dimakis Ask Court to Overturn Haverhill Council Stem Marijuana Special Permit Vote

The trio behind the push to stop Caroline Pineau from opening her Washington Street marijuana shop Stem has again filed suit, appealing a special permit, WHAV has confirmed. In a Land Court filing dated Sept. 27, J. Bradford Brooks, Lloyd Jennings and Stavros Dimakis filed suit through Attorney Scott A. Schlager against Pineau and her business Stem, along with the City of Haverhill appealing the Sept. 10 decision made by the City Council to let her open for business at 124 Washington St. The suit also names all nine city councilors—including Michael S. McGonagle, in error.

Second Amesbury Road Retail Marijuana Shop Plan Goes Up in Smoke…For Now

The company proposing a second recreational marijuana store on Amesbury Road is temporarily pulling its special permit request. Haverwell Market, which came under scrutiny over its ownership, would have been Haverhill fifth permitted adult marijuana store if approved Tuesday. In an email to city councilors today, Council President John A. Michitson said simply, “NEWS FLASH: Haverwell to Withdraw Special Permit Proposal (seeking without prejudice).” The Council is not obligated to honor the “without prejudice” request. If not, Haverwell Market would have to wait to bring back another proposal, or show there is a significant change in its proposal. William Faraci, the attorney representing Haverwell during the special permit hearings, had no comment when reached by WHAV Friday afternoon.

Haverhill Councilor Calls for Statewide Marijuana Advertising Ban; Plan Before Council Tonight

Haverhill City Council Vice President Thomas J. Sullivan says the city won’t need to regulate marijuana advertising—as discussed last week—because he hopes the state will outright ban pot-related billboards. Sullivan placed an item on this week’s agenda, asking his colleagues to support a plan to ask the city’s statehouse delegation to nix marijuana advertising altogether. During an interview at WHAV, the councilor explained his proposal. “This matter belongs in Boston at the statehouse because we need legislation filed to ban marijuana advertising on public billboards. It’s really as simple as that.

Jennings’ Trial on Charges He Assaulted Haverhill Police Officer Delayed Amid Pineau Marijuana Suits

A prominent Haverhill contractor and ardent marijuana foe has to wait three more months to have his day in court after a judge delayed his trial on charges including assault and battery on a police officer, WHAV can report exclusively. Accused of threating to “f—king kill” Haverhill Police Officer Branden Sheehy during a September 2018 altercation at his Lancaster Street home, Lloyd Jennings appeared in Haverhill District Court Tuesday. His attorney Carmine Lepore asked Judge Mary McCabe to continue the case until mid-December, telling her he did not receive the second page of the complaint from the clerk’s office and needed more time to prepare for trial. Breaking up what he called a “domestic disturbance” on the night of Sept. 2, 2018, Sheehy was met with a “highly confrontational” Jennings, who hurled expletives at the officer before punching him in the shoulder.

Haverhill Council: If ‘Joe Camel’ Can’t be on Billboards, Neither Should Pot Ads

Haverhill city councilors are asking why children are not allowed to see a cartoonish “Joe Camel” on roadside billboards, but may see ads promoting marijuana use. Councilor Colin F. LePage and representatives of the Massachusetts Prevention Alliance Tuesday night called for the city to restrict such advertising, especially where it could be aimed at the young. LePage made his point by displaying a photograph of an actual downtown Haverhill billboard that promotes a smartphone app aimed at helping people find and buy marijuana. The image showed Haverhill students boarding a school bus just below the billboard. “That’s a Whittier Tech bus.

Amesbury Road Neighbors Ask Council ‘Do We Matter?’ Amid Marijuana Special Permit Debate

Tuesday’s marijuana special permit process for Mellow Fellows and Haverwell Market left many unanswered—and unexpected—questions after the five-hour meeting, but one thing is for certain: Haverhill city councilors did hear the pleas of Amesbury Road neighbors. During a public hearing for both the Haverhill-based Mellow Fellows trio and Newburyport businessman Christopher Edwards from Haverwell Market, residents expressed concern over everything from property values to crime and even the packaging of edibles. Shop owners—and councilors—patiently heard each concern. Shattuck Street resident Chris Todino has attended most if not all of the previous cannabis-related public meetings, and stood with his neighbors to ask the council to deny both permits. “I understand there is a great opportunity from a revenue perspective, but we live in the neighborhood,” he said.

Mellow Fellows Marijuana Shop Wins Special Permit Amid Amesbury Road Neighbor Traffic, Crime Concerns

Haverhill-based trio Charles Emery, Timothy Riley and E. Phillip Brown are set to bring their marijuana shop Mellow Fellows to 330 Amesbury Road after the City Council granted their special permit Tuesday night. The shop becomes the fourth location in the city to move forward in the marijuana pipeline, with the next step being the signing of a host community agreement and licensure from the state Cannabis Control Commission. All councilors with the exception of Joseph J. Bevilacqua supported the special permit. Michael S. McGonagle abstained from the vote given his status as the landlord of the former Seafood Etc. property leased by the Mellow Fellows.