BREWER — Brewer is one step closer to getting a medical marijuana dispensary.

City Planner Linda Johns told city councilors Tuesday that Northeast Patients Group, a nonprofit formed to operate half of the state’s eight medical marijuana dispensaries, has secured a lease for a dispensary and submitted a site plan application.

Clarification about exactly what Northeast wants to do with the site will be made before the proposal is presented to the planning board, which may occur at its January meeting.

The Bangor Daily News reports that no growing would take place at the site.

Northeast has launched its marijuana growing operation in Thomaston and plans to supply all four of its clinics from that facility.

Maine already has three open licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Ellsworth, Biddeford and Auburn.