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February 7, 2012 | last updated February 8, 2012 11:22 am

Brewer approves Wellness Connection pot dispensary

A plan for a medical marijuana dispensary in Brewer is moving ahead following planning board approval.

The planning board yesterday voted 5-2 to approve the 3,200-square-foot clinic on Dirigo Drive, near the CancerCare of Maine center, according to the Bangor Daily News. Wellness Connection of Maine, formerly Northeast Patients Group, in December submitted its site plan for the clinic, expected to open in a month. Planning board members voiced concerns over requirements for employees and delivery drivers, as well as marijuana's illegal status on a federal level. In 2010, however, the state approved expanding its medical marijuana law to establish dispensaries run by nonprofits.

Wellness Connection of Maine earned licenses to operate four of the state's eight dispensaries. It already operates a dispensary and growing operation in Thomaston, and opened its Hallowell dispensary in January. A Portland dispensary is still under way.

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