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South Dakota Dispensary- Market Overview

The first state to legalize both medical and adult-use cannabis simultaneously, South Dakota through voter initiative passed two ballot measures in 2020 making history. Measure legalized medical cannabis and established a medical program for qualifying patients. Amendment A legalized adult use cannabis however after the election the Governor of South Dakota filed a lawsuit creating major delays in the legalization process and eventually leading to the South Dakota Supreme Court overturning the Amendment 4-1 and putting a halt to the adult use legalization process. Advocates in the state are gearing up for a new adult use legalization bill for 2022, the deadline for South Dakota cannabis license submission to be included on the ballot is early May 2022.

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South Dakota cannabis license Requirements, Timelines, and Selection

South Dakota’s medical cannabis program and facility licensing is regulated and overseen by the South Dakota Department of Health. The Department accepts South Dakota cannabis license applications on a rolling basis and has not established firm limits on the number of licenses it will issue but instead defer to local municipalities to set these limits. While cities have the authority to limit South Dakota cannabis license numbers in their jurisdiction they cannot outright ban medical cannabis dispensaries from locating within the municipality. Multiple cities have developed a local South Dakota cannabis licensing lottery process to award dispensary licenses. An updated list of these processes is available on the Department’s website for cannabis.

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Overall, the majority of the state has embraced the formal legalization of cannabis for medical use. It is anticipated that the state will move towards adult legalization despite already passing a voter initiative that was then reversed. Licensing is in early stages and opportunities within South Dakota’s cannabis industry continue to open as more municipalities begin licensing businesses. South Dakota is known for being one of the easiest and cheapest states to start a business in due to its low tax burdens, lack of income tax, lowest utility rates as well as low commercial rent costs.
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South Dakota Dispensary - Financial Requirements

Many States and local jurisdictions require a certain level of liquidity, cash on hand, and /or CPA and/or bank letters to ensure that South Dakota cannabis license applicants have the financial wherewithal from the South Dakota cannabis license process through to the initial 2-5 years of operations. South Dakota does not require a minimum amount of capital for its state South Dakota cannabis license application process, individual municipalities may have separate requirements. Each South Dakota cannabis license application has a nonrefundable fee of $5,000.

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South Dakota cannabis license regulations require that local municipalities define the zoning and limitations for cannabis establishments. Local zoning laws often restrict cannabis establishments from locating within proximity to certain business types, schools, and other prohibited areas that should be researched according to local and municipal rules. Possession of real estate and local approval is required during the South Dakota cannabis license establishment process.

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South Dakota Cannabis License applications are accepted on a rolling basis at the state level. South Dakota Cannabis License Experts can help guide you through the South Dakota Cannabis licensing process from start to finish both at the state and local municipality level. Not sure where to start? CLE can develop a preliminary business and feasibility plan to help give you an understanding of your businesses viability within the South Dakota cannabis license market.
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