An initiative, Initiated Measure 26, to legalize medical cannabis in South Dakota appeared on the November 2020 ballot and passed. IM 26, now codified at SDCL Ch. 34-20G will allow for a limited number of medical cannabis businesses to include Cultivation, Processing and/or Dispensary.
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When to Apply
NUMBER OF SOUTH DAKOTA MARIJUANA BUSINESS LICENSES AVAILABLE
South Dakota Medical Marijuana Business License: Under Initiated Measure 26, local governments (cities, townships, counties, etc.) will be allowed to regulate the number and types of licenses allowed to operate within their jurisdiction. Types of licenses allowed include the following:
Cultivation facility: An entity registered with the department that acquires, possesses, cultivates, delivers, transfers, transports, supplies, or sells cannabis and related supplies to medical cannabis establishments.
Cannabis product manufacturing facility: An entity registered with the department that acquires, possesses, manufactures, delivers, transfers, transports, supplies, or sells cannabis products to a medical cannabis dispensary.
Medical Cannabis Dispensary: An entity registered with the department that acquires, possesses, stores, delivers, transfers, transports, sells, supplies, or dispense cannabis, cannabis products, paraphernalia, or related supplies and educational materials to cardholders.
HOW TO START A MARIJUANA BUSINESS IN SOUTH DAKOTA
To operate a marijuana business in South Dakota, you will need the following plans:
- Security Plan
- Environmental Impact Plan
- Quality Control and Quality Assurance Plan
- Business Plan
- Financial Plan
- Community Benefits Plan
- Research Plan
- Cultivation, Manufacturing and/or Dispensing Plan
- Labor Compliance Plan
- Staffing and Training Plan
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SOUTH DAKOTA MARIJUANA TIMELINE
November 7, 2006 – The first bill to allow medical marijuana, The South Dakota Medical Marijuana Initiative, was defeated by a narrow margin of 52-47.
November 2, 2010 – The same bill was revived under the same name, now known as Initiative 13, where it was defeated again by a larger margin of 63-36.
November 8, 2016 – An attempt to bring the same initiative to the ballot again failed.
February 19, 2019 – Governor Kristi Noem signed a bill into law with an emergency clause that made the prescription drug Epidiolex, a CBD oil, legal for qualified patients.
December 19, 2019 – A measure to legalize medical marijuana was approved and will now be placed on the 2020 ballot.
January 6, 2020 – A measure to legalize marijuana for adult use has qualified for the November 2020 ballot.
November 2020 – South Dakota passed medical marijuana (Initiated Measure 26) and recreational marijuana (Constitutional Amendment A)
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