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July 9, 2010 | last updated December 1, 2011 7:14 am

Marijuana dispensary operators picked

The state has chosen three applicants to operate six medical marijuana dispensaries in the state.

Northeast Patients Group, an affiliate of California-based dispensary operator Berkeley Patients Group, will operate four dispensaries in District 2 (Cumberland County), District 4 (Waldo, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and Knox counties), District 5 (Somerset and Kennebec counties) and District 6 (Piscataquis and Penobscot counties). Remedy Compassion Center will operate a dispensary in District 3 (Franklin, Oxford and Androscoggin counties), and Safe Alternatives of Fort Kent will operate a dispensary in District 8 (Aroostook County).

No applicants scored high enough in District 1 (York County) or District 7 (Washington and Hancock counties) to receive a license. The state will reopen the application process for those districts, and denied applicants can make changes and re-apply.

The state received a total of 27 applications, which were reviewed by a four-member panel and scored based on how well they met the criteria, which included operating as a nonprofit long term, prior business experience and quality control, according to the release.

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