State OKs medical pot companies for Peabody

PEABODY — Two pot companies have received the go-ahead from the state to operate medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. 

Next, Wellness Connection of Massachusetts Inc. and Phytotherapy Inc. will go before the City Council for a special permit. City officials expect to take up both applications in six to eight weeks.

Wellness Connection has a business address at 30 Railroad Ave. in Revere, where it also has a cultivation center. It is seeking to build a dispensary at vacant land off Route 1. Meanwhile, next door, Phytotherapy, based out of 25 Newbury St., wants to occupy the Brother’s Kouzina property and move the restaurant to a new location.

The state Department of Public Health reviewed the applications and last week issued Provisional Certificates for Registration, which allows the companies to move forward in Peabody.

In addition to special permits, the applicants will have to negotiate host agreements with Mayor Ted Bettencourt. He said in a recent interview

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