PROVIDENCE — The lottery to determine which companies will win licenses to operate six new medical marijuana dispensaries likely won’t happen until August now, say state regulators, as they consider the appeal of one of four businesses initially not approved for the selection process. 

In December, 28 marijuana companies, many with marijuana-growing affiliations in other states — submitted a total of 45 business applications in the hopes of qualifying for the lottery and then winning a license.  

The dispensaries would be situated in six regions around the state, and in several instances, companies filed applications in more than one region to improve their odds of winning a license. 

After months of reviewing the applicants’ business plans — including their financial backers, compliance with state regulations and status with local community zoning rules — regulators qualified 24 companies for the lottery.