Boston dispensary owner files lawsuit against threats, extortion from next door businesses
Here’s a wild story out of Haverhill, a historic city near Boston, MA. Caroline Pineau has run a yoga studio in Haverhill for more than eight years, and recently applied for a license to open a dispensary in town called Stem. But she now says that her fellow local business owners, including Stavros Dimakis, who owns a deli near Stem’s potential site, along with Lloyd Jennings and Brad Brooks, who own a building next to the proposed dispensary, are allegedly threatening and extorting her for tens of thousands of dollars.
The three filed a lawsuit against Pineau and the city back in May, citing all sorts of idiotic myths about cannabis: That having a dispensary in the area would be dangerous to children (it wouldn’t), that it would be harmful to nearby businesses (it wouldn’t), and that cannabis was a drug similar to heroin (it is definitely not). Essentially, they’re trying to scare her out of town. But the problems went even further — apparently the men built a deck for the previous owner of Pineau’s property, and they’ve tried to take that battle up with her, claiming that she will “go through the same hell with the city that we did,” according to the lawsuit. The men also allegedly told her that she “doesn’t know who she is dealing with” (a couple of jackasses, seems like) and that “she’ll see how Haverhill works.”
The whole thing sounds like a terrible mess. Pineau has filed suit back against her opponents, so hopefully this will all be settled in court. We’ve been to many dispensaries and they have all, without exception, improved the area that they’ve set up shop in. Odds are good that Pineau’s place, Stem, will do the same, so ironically, these morons will likely benefit from the very place they’re trying to stop. There’s a hearing set for today on the license, so hopefully Pineau will find her way through, and the dunderheads allegedly threatening her will face justice.