GEORGETOWN — A medical marijuana company which tried unsuccessfully to put a dispensary in Haverhill said it will open the complex in Georgetown in early May.
The Healthy Pharms company will move into a formerly vacant, 60,000 square-foot building at 401 E. Main St. near the Georgetown-Rowley line, said company attorney Valerio Romano. He said the property will provide enough space to grow, process and sell medical marijuana.
The site was once home to an envelope factory and is near the junction of Route 133 and Interstate 95.
“We’re working with the town of Georgetown to provide for the patients of the commonwealth,” Romano said late last week.
Haverhill’s relationship with Healthy Pharms was strained because of the company’s 2015 license application to the state Department of Public Health. The application included a letter of non-opposition signed on City Council stationery by then-council President Robert Scatamacchia.
Scatamacchia later said he was duped into signing the letter by both Mayor James Fiorentini and lobbyist James Jajuga, a former state senator and current Methuen city councilor who has done work for Healthy Pharms.
The Haverhill council asked the state to retract Scatamacchia’s letter and requested an investigation, alleging Healthy Pharms misrepresented the city’s non-opposition. A state investigation ensued, and concluded Healthy Pharms was not responsible for any false or misleading statements in the application.
But the situation sullied the relationship between the city and company, and ultimately Healthy Pharms decided there were better places to put the dispensary. The company settled on Georgetown, which is a short drive east of Haverhill.
But Romano — who declined to comment on how much money Healthy Pharms has already spent on the Georgetown facility — said the dispensary will be open to anyone with a need for medical marijuana, regardless of where they live.
“There’s no restriction on the ability of patients to access