New Bedford based Coastal Compassion is one step closer to opening a medical marijuana dispensary in Fairhaven after Tuesday night's Planning Board meeting.

The board awarded president and director of Coastal Compassion, Tim Keogh, and his team a special permit to establish a dispensary at 2 Pequod Lane.

Keogh plans to get to work on the building as soon as the state mandated 20 day waiting period ends.

Following construction, the group must get state approval for an official certification to operate.

Coastal Compassion has been working closely with former applicant Compassionate Care Clinics. They planned on establishing a dispensary in the same building and got town approval, but later had their license revoked by the state.

The dispensary is projected to open to patients by the end of the year.