FLANDREAU, SD (AP) – South Dakota’s first medical marijuana pharmacy opens in Flandreau.
The Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe announced on Friday that they would open their first retail location and start selling cannabis on Thursday, the day medical marijuana becomes legal in South Dakota. The tribe said they are already accepting applications for medical marijuana IDs, the Sioux Falls Argus leader reported.
The tribe’s program is independent of South Dakota’s new law and the system the South Dakota Department of Health may put in place through October. The state is also awaiting a Supreme Court decision on whether to make recreational marijuana legal under a constitutional amendment approved by voters in November.
The Native Nations Cannabis Dispensary is about 45 miles north of Sioux Falls.
To qualify through the strain, an applicant must first be certified by a doctor that they have “a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition”. Patients who could benefit from cannabis – such as those with AIDS, anorexia, arthritis, cancer, migraines, and glaucoma – are admitted with a recommendation from anyone authorized to prescribe medication.
Applications are on the tribe’s website. The fee is $ 50.
“The tribe’s goals for cannabis development are similar to those of other jurisdictions,” said the tribe’s press release. “She wants a safe product to generate income for tribal programs, limit black market sales of cannabis, and prevent illegal distractions, especially for children.”