Vote to Ban Marijuana Retail in Haverhill, MA

Vote to Ban Marijuana Retail in Haverhill, MA

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No Pot Shops Haverhill started this petition to Haverhill City Council Council President John A. Michitson and

Unless Haverhill convinces our City Council to put this topic back to a vote and let Haverhill residents decide to opt out, our city will have to allow multiple (6) marijuana dispensaries in our city, making them a fixture in many areas. Haverhill may become a marijuana retail destination for neighboring towns especially as multiple towns around us have already banned retail marijuana sales.  Methuen, Lawrence, Merrimac, North Andover, and Andover all have voted to ban marijuana retail from their cities and towns.

Some things to consider:

  • Many of the marijuana retail zones in Haverhill are in residential neighborhoods, close to schools and highways.
  • These could increase traffic and crime in local communities and impact housing values.
  • Citizens of New Hampshire and other states will be able to purchase and consume marijuana products in our city.
  • There are already applications for marijuana retail shops in Bradford, Downtown, Amesbury Road (Old Seafood Etc Location) and on 125 near Grande Mexico.

Haverhill is a great city and has improved a lot in the last several years, marijuana retail could undo that progress and our city would become a destination and attraction in a negative way.

Haverhill's City Council made the decision to NOT put a ballot referendum measure for vote before the marijuana retail moratorium expired in 2018 forcing the city (by state law) to create districts within the city to allow marijuana retail shops.

BUT the citizens have the right to demand the city put a ballot referendum to vote. According to state law - "the city or town must pass the ban through a ballot referendum measure where all voters of their town/city would have an opportunity to vote." Haverhill would need 10% of registered voters (about 4K petitioners) to force the city to put a ban up for vote.

I started this petition because...
There are already 2 applications for marijuana retail shops in my community of mostly residential homes and there are others across the city. As a long time Haverhill resident it would be crushing to us and many families to see their home values decline and neighborhoods negatively impacted by marijuana retail. Voters in 2016 did not realize they would be forced to allow a certain number of marijuana retail shops in their towns. If Haverhill could put all the marijuana retail shops in office parks away from residents that would be great, but Massachusetts law states any city that does not ban marijuana retail must allow a certain number of shops based on certain criteria. For Haverhill it is at least 6 shops.

Please sign this petition and email the mayor plus all city council members.

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