A second medical marijuana dispensary is seeking local permission to open just 200 yards away from the first such outlet under consideration here by the Town Plan and Zoning Commission.

The TPZ has scheduled a public hearing for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in McKinley School for the initial medical marijuana dispensary application from David Lipton, who wants to open a storefront at 222 Post Road. Lipton had sought a certificate of compliance, but zoning commissioners chose to send the application to a public hearing because it is the first ever filed in Fairfield under the recent state-sanctioned medical marijuana program.

Now, a second request for a compliance certificate has been submitted by local resident Robert Schulten, the administrator for Nutmeg Dispensary, LLC, to open a second dispensary in a space at 400 Post Road.

Zoning Director Joseph Devonshuk said he expects that the commission will also require a public hearing for Schulten's application. "I don't see the process being very different," he told the Fairfield Citizen on Monday.

Medical marijuana dispensaries must first receive local zoning approvals before seeking a license from the state.

Devonshuk said his office has received six or seven emails about the dispensary proposed by Lipton, and all of them were generally supportive of the plan.

Schulten, according to his application, expects to make only cosmetic changes to the existing office space, as well as to install security required by state regulations.