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Our sister station WLBK reports that recreational marijuana dispensaries wouldn’t be allowed in rural DeKalb County, but all other types of marijuana businesses would be permitted under proposed sales rules.

The only comments during a public hearing last Thursday on DeKalb County’s proposed rules for marijuana sales were questions from hearing officer Dale Clark.

Clark confirmed with county Community Development staff that the rules would prohibit adult-use dispensaries in unincorporated DeKalb County as well as on-site consumption of marijuana at other types of businesses.

While adult-use, also known as recreational, dispensaries wouldn’t be allowed, medical marijuana dispensaries would be permitted along with other types of adult-use pot businesses.

Large growing facilities called cultivation centers would be allowed in unincorporated DeKalb County along with smaller growing facilities called craft growers.

There could be processors who extract chemicals from marijuana to create concentrate and infusers that put marijuana concentrate into other products like edibles.

Another possible business would be transporters, which move marijuana between facilities.

Large cultivation centers would have to be at least 2,500 feet away from schools, daycares, churches and parks under the rules, while the rest of the businesses would have to be at least 1,500 feet away from the same places.

The proposed rules are expected to go before the county board’s Planning and Zoning Committee for a vote on Jan. 22 followed by the full county board on Feb. 19.