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Boston medical marijuana dispensary misled state about its local support

State health officials approved a license for Good Chemistry of Massachusetts at 364-368 Boylston St. in the Back Bay.
State health officials approved a license for Good Chemistry of Massachusetts at 364-368 Boylston St. in the Back Bay. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

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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 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.

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.

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