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February 14, 2014

Medical marijuana dispensary applications escaped scrutiny


“Speaker DeLeo expects the Department of Public Health to ensure the integrity of the process and is concerned about these reports,” DeLeo’s office said in a statement. “He will ask Chairman Sanchez to take measures to seek out additional information and determine the underlying facts.”

DPH will require the 20 applicants that received a provisional license to, among other things, verify local support and other information in their applications through a separate signed statement before final licenses to operate are issued.

“The department takes any allegation that an applicant provided false information very seriously and reserves the right to take appropriate action,” DPH spokeswoman Anne Roach said in a statement. “None of the dispensary licenses are final. All applications for Registered Marijuana Dispensaries were signed under the pains and penalties of perjury, attesting that they were accurate and complete. DPH has been and will continue to hold discussions with local government officials to discuss any concern and next steps in this process.”

Dispensaries with provisional applications must still undergo a final inspection process and must submit detailed security and business plans, according to DPH.

The applications required an officer of the company to sign “under the pains and penalties of perjury, the authorized signatory ... agrees that all information included in this application is complete and accurate.”

State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives, D-Newburyport, whose district includes Haverhill, said DPH’s last review before issuing final licenses should verify claims of local support in the applications.

“With 20 provisional licenses approved, it’s clear that questions are arising on applications from a number of cities and towns,” she said. “The Department’s review can ascertain if there is misinformation in the applications. What matters is that the will of the Haverhill public is represented as to whether or not Haverhill should be a host community.”




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