(Updated) No sanctions for House of Blues, Pavilion after ‘molly’ overdoses

house of blues boston
The House of Blues on Lansdowne Street.
Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro

The Boston Licensing Board decided on Thursday that two of city’s most popular venues will not face sanctions after multiple people attending concerts overdosed on what is believed to be the club drug “molly” earlier this year.

The House of Blues and the Bank of America Pavilion were issued violations after the incident, but the Licensing Board members voted Thursday not to impose a sanction that could have included having their licenses suspended or even revoked.

Board Chairwoman Nicole Murati Ferrer said members took into account testimony about the incidents from police detectives earlier this week.

“We credited the sergeant’s testimony that there was no evidence that any of the drugs were sold or distributed at the premises,” she said.

Officials from both venues testified during separate hearings before the board on Tuesday. During the hearings they defended themselves and cited steps taken to prevent repeat incidents. Police also testified that they believed there was nothing else the venues could have done to prevent the overdoses.

An attorney representing the House of Blues said that while a woman who overdosed was found with pills and a powder on her, it was very easy to keep out of sight of security personnel. A House of Blues manager also said attendees were searched the night of the overdoses and that 133 people were turned away from the venue because they appeared too intoxicated or for other reasons.

Authorities said three people overdosed, including a woman who died, after apparently taking molly during a Zedd show at the Lansdowne Street venue on Aug. 27.

Just three days after the House of Blues overdoses, three people were taken to hospitals after overdosing at the Pavilion during a Sound Tribe Sector 9 show. Two of the men who overdosed apparently took molly, while the other man admitted to EMTs that he had taken LSD, according to police.

Follow Michael Naughton on Twitter @metrobosmike.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Annual Green Festival to take root in NYC

With the arrival of Earth Week, some 200 local participating companies, vendors and nonprofits are gearing up for New York City's annual Green Festival, set…

Local

10 green ideas for New York City this…

This Earth Day, pundits share their ideas to better green New York City.

Local

Carriage horse activists picket Liam Neeson's UWS home

Several dozen picketers lined the sidewalk outside of Liam Neeson's Upper West Side apartment building on Saturday to protest the actor's support of the New…

Local

Former cop shoots wife in front of children…

Former cop Kevin Canty, 43, was arrested over the weekend after police say he shot and killed his wife in their Ozone Park home.

Music

Loop are, er, um, back in the loop

Experimental noise rock band Loop's three mid-1980s to early-1990s albums, “Heavens End,” “Fade Out” and “A Gilded Eternity,” were mercifully reissued.

Television

'Orphan Black' recap: Episode 1, ‘Nature Under Constraint…

Welcome to your first Season 2 “Orphan Black” recap! Hopefully Tatiana Maslany can help Tatiana Maslany get through this, with the help of Tatiana Maslany,…

Books

Poems from prison: 'How to Survive a Bullet…

Celebrate National Poetry Month with, "'How to Survive a Bullet to the Heart."

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

NHL

Rangers blow two-goal lead in Game 2 loss…

The Rangers got out to an early 2-0 lead in Game 2 and the Garden was rocking. But it went downhill quickly from there.

NBA

Deron Williams leads Nets over Raptors in Game…

The Nets traveled to a raucous Air Canada Centre but came out with an important Game 1 victory over the Raptors.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.