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Mayor Richard J. Kos will now appoint a committee to study the proposals with the aim of determining which meet the city’s criteria for acceptance and with a goal of recommending which ones Kos should negotiate host community agreements with.

A business that is granted a host agreement with Chicopee must then apply for and receive a special permit from the City Council and go through a vetting process with the state to receive a license before being allowed to sell marijuana to adults in its retail shop.

Mass Alternative Care Inc. already has a license for a medical marijuana dispensary it opened this month at 1247 East Main St., and is eligible to apply for a special permit for a retail shop for recreational marijuana because it went through the city process before the current process was established.

Kevin M. Collins, general manager for Mass Alternative Care, said his company intends to apply for a special permit to sell recreational marijuana at the 1247 East Main St. location.

The five businesses that met Thursday’s deadline for proposals are Theory Wellness Inc. of Stoneham, Green Meadows Farm of Hamilton, JimBuddy’s Rec Shop of Chicopee, Apical Inc. of Easthampton and Revolution Green Care LLC, which was formed in Chicopee by Adam Brady, whose prior experience is with California businesses.

City Planner Lee Pouliot will oversee the process of examining and evaluating the proposals, which he described as narratives, mostly larger than 100 pages, in which company representatives explain their financial resources, operational plans, security measures and other aspects of their retail marijuana businesses plans.

Jim Robinson, owner of JimBuddy’s, said his plans are to open a retail marijuana shop at 1269 Memorial Drive, next door to his JimBuddy’s shop that sells smoking accessories and vaporizers. He said he and his wife, Lisa, are from Chicopee and want to do business in the city.

Bob Patton, CEO of Green Meadows Farm, said his family has been farming in Hamilton, where they are establishing a 60,000-square-foot greenhouse to cultivate marijuana. Their plans in Chicopee are for a retail pot shop and medical marijuana dispensary at 919 Meadow St.

Kot Kasom, of Southampton, is the CEO of Apical, which is building a marijuana growing facility in Easthampton and plans for a retail store with cultivation at 77 Champion Drive in Chicopee.