Back Bay, Meet Your New Neighbor

I’m guessing this new establishment to be located in Back Bay, Boston on Boylston Street between Arlington and Berkeley isn’t going to be particularly popular with the neighborhood (boldface mine):

A medical marijuana business planning to open in Boston’s Back Bay provided false information to state regulators in its license application, erroneously claiming to have support from state legislators and the district’s city councilor.

In addition, Boston City Councilor Stephen J. Murphy told the Globe Tuesday that he felt he was manipulated into writing a letter on behalf of Good Chemistry of Massachusetts’ application by the company’s consultant, who he said didn’t disclose to Murphy the planned location of the dispensary on Boylston Street. Murphy, who was council president until the start of this year, said he opposes locating a marijuana business at the site between Arlington and Berkeley streets.

Dispensaries had to demonstrate local support, or at least a lack of opposition, to win one of the 20 medical marijuana licenses awarded late last month by the state Department of Public Health.

Good Chemistry’s chief operating officer, Jaime Lewis, acknowledged the misstatements about its local support in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon. She said that in a rush to file the company’s application by the Nov. 21 deadline, she inadvertently placed references to Worcester-area state legislators and city councilors supporting the company’s proposed cultivation site in Worcester in the portion of the application that is supposed to describe the local support the company received from Boston leaders….

In its Boston application, Good Chemistry stated that the company communicated with the city councilor who represents the section of the city where the dispensary would be located, and that he was not opposed to a facility in his district. In fact, no such communication happened, Lewis said.

State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, whose district includes Boylston Street, said Tuesday that he never heard from company officials when they were seeking the license….

Meg Mainzer-Cohen, president of the Back Bay Association, a group that represents about 400 companies in the neighborhood, said business owners are incensed that Good Chemistry did not bother to reach out to them during the months before or since it submitted its application. She said the group learned of the bid only when the state announced the winning licenses Jan. 31.

This isn’t the really high end part of Back Bay, but I still can’t see much local support for the store. Though this could be good the business across the street: the Parish Cafe.

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1 Response to Back Bay, Meet Your New Neighbor

  1. Robert L Bell says:

    Perhaps they could pry loose a license and ship it out here to the Berkshires.

    We actually have a lot of people up in these mountains, with running water and refrigerators and legitimate patients and everything.

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