South Dakota starts awarding medical cannabis dispensary permits

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South Dakota issued its first three medical marijuana dispensary permits, but with no corresponding cultivation or processing licenses awarded, it’s unclear when sales might begin.

According to Vermillion-based radio station SDPB, the three stores are in:

  • Wagner
  • Watertown
  • Keystone

The state health department said it continues to process business applications but did not provide a timetable for more approvals.

The state did recently select California-based technology company Accela to help manage the state’s emerging MMJ program.

Like all state-legal programs in the U.S., South Dakota’s dispensaries are required to sell cannabis grown within its borders.

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In 2020, South Dakota became the first state where voters approved both medical and recreational marijuana during the same election.

But the state’s highest court recently struck down the adult-use program on technical grounds.