Proposed county regulations that would govern medical marijuana businesses are one step closer to reality.

Codington County Zoning Officer Luke Muller discussed the medical cannabis ordinances at this week’s Codington County Commission meeting as part of the first-reading process.

Some of the regulations and definitions have been adjusted through the process. But when it comes to rural parts of Codington County, there will be no more than one dispensary able to operate at a time, under the proposed ordinances.

Cities and towns are not bound by that number.

Also, dispensaries cannot be within 1,000 feet of pubic or private schools, established residences, churches, public parks or day care centers.

Discussion at Tuesday’s county meeting was minimal and Muller simply read the titles of the ordinances and said they will be up for possible final approval during a joint meeting with the Watertown City Council at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at city hall.