181 applicants have met initial requirements to be considered for a medical marijuana dispensary license in Massachusetts.

Nine of those applicants have opted to set up in Bristol County.

Dawn Blake Souza of the Center for Alternative Life Medicine says the CALM team has partnered with applicant New England Treatment Access, Inc.

Souza says she and fellow board members are still committed to bringing a high quality dispensary facility to New Bedford.

She adds the New England Treatment Access team still has a few steps to complete before entering phase two of the Department of Public Health's application process.

The state is awarding 35 dispensary licenses.