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Flandreau Tribe Will Open South Dakota’s First Marijuana Dispensary
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The first marijuana dispensary in South Dakota history will open next week in Moody County.
Members of the Flandreau Santiee Sioux Tribe announced Friday they have opened it’s medical marijuana program, they’re accepting applications for medical marijuana ID cards and they will open their first retail location and begin selling cannabis Thursday, the day medical marijuana becomes legal in South Dakota.
“By, and through, FSST Pharms, LLC, a wholly owned limited liability company of the tribe, the tribe has been preparing for months for the anticipated opening date of its Native Nations Cannabis Dispensary,” stated a news release issued by the tribe.
The dispensary, located on tribal land, is in a newly remodeled building at 1314 S. Veterans Street in Flandreau.
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It opens the same day a new medical marijuana law takes effect statewide. While the state of South Dakota is not yet issuing medical marijuana ID cards, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is accepting applications for cards through its program.
The tribe’s program is independent of South Dakota’s new law and the system the South Dakota Department of Health has until October to
The tribe’s program is independent of South Dakota’s new law and the system the South Dakota Department of Health has until October to stand up.
To qualify for a medical marijuana card through the tribe, an applicant must first be certified by a medical professional to have “a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment” causes “cachexia or wasting syndrome; severe, debilitating pain; severe nausea; seizures; or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including, those characteristic of multiple sclerosis.
Individuals who would generally experience health benefits from using cannabis — like AIDS, anorexia, arthritis, cancer, migraine and glaucoma patients — are also eligible for medical marijuana ID card through the tribe with a recommendation from anyone licensed to prescribe drugs to humans.
Applications can be found on the tribe’s website and can be mailed to the tribal office, faxed or hand delivered to the dispensary or tribal offices during hours of operations.
The fee is $50.
“The tribe’s goals for the development of cannabis is similar to other jurisdictions” according to the tribe’s news release. “It wants a safe product to produce revenue for tribal programs, to curtail black-market sales of cannabis, and to prevent illegal diversion, especially to children. The program that it developed does that, and also complies with the Department of Justice memoranda that were issued in 2013 and 2014.”