The Boston City Council today called for a hearing on the medical-marijuana dispensaries the state recently approved for Boylston Street in the Back Bay and Southampton Street on the South End/Roxbury line.
Councilor Steve Murphy (at large), who submitted a letter of "non opposition" to the general idea of dispensaries was blunt: "I was lied to" by the operators of the proposed Boylston Street facility - who listed him as supporting their specific location.
Although councilors said they had questions about both proposed facilities, they really tore into the concern approved for the Southampton Street dispensary.
Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) said the company's state filings misrepresented the fact he had met with company officials as "support" for the project.
He said he never would have supported a dispensary on Southampton Street, because the area already has a jail, a highway, a biolab, homeless shelters and a methadone clinic that serves large numbers of out-of-towners. He said almost all the people arrested in the area are from outside the city.
Councilor Frank Baker, whose district includes Southampton Street, raised similar concerns.
Baker said the company claimed in its state filings it had the backing of local officials and residents, when, in fact, nobody in his district ever talked to the company - including him.