Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services announced the selection of two nonprofit corporations to dispense medical marijuana in York County and Down East.

Safe Harbor Maine Inc. of Biddeford will be located in York County while Primary Organic Therapy Inc. of Whitneyville will serve Washington and Hancock counties. Operators were selected last month to serve six other regions of the state.

The two new dispensary operators were chosen from a total of 17 applications by a four-member panel. They were scored based on plans to operate as a nonprofit corporation long-term, convenience of location, prior business experience, patient education, record-keeping, quality control and other criteria.

Cathy Cobb, director of licensing for the department, said she plans to meet with the dispensaries’ chief executives to review their applications and to discuss next steps. The dispensaries will likely take between two and four months to become operational.

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