Three businesses could be competing for permission to build the one medical marijuana dispensary being allowed by the state in DeKalb County.
Two companies are asking the city of Sycamore for a permit to sell medical marijuana on Gateway Drive.
One of those companies wants to open in an existing building at 22-25 Gateway Drive, while the other would build a new building near DeKalb Clinic.
The company that wants to put up a new building was already granted a permit by the city a year ago, but City Manager Brian Gregory says the company needs to replay because a state permit was never issued and now their city permit is about to expire.
At the same time these companies are applying with Sycamore, a permit for another medical marijuana dispensary is pending in DeKalb.
That request by the company Justice Grown for a dispensary in an existing building on the northeast corner of Peace Road and Pleasant Street has been approved by DeKalb’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
Justice Grown’s Jamil Taylor told commissioners that the Peace Road location is ideal because it’s easily visible to law enforcement.
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That permit still needs to be approved by the DeKalb City Council.
A public hearing for the two permit requests in Sycamore will be held at the city’s Plan Commission meeting on March 13th.
Even if all three city permits are approved, Gregory stresses that the state will only allow one to open.
DeKalb County has only a single state dispensary permit available under the pilot medical marijuana program. It’s not known when the state will make a decision on issuing the DeKalb County permit.