How to Get a South Dakota Medical Marijuana Card in 2021

Ruth Lemon
Ruth Lemon - VP of Operations

Nov 19 2020 - 8 min read

On 3 November 2020, South Dakota voted to establish a medical cannabis program by approving Measure 26. 70% of voters in South Dakota supported the move to allow people suffering from debilitating medical conditions to possess up to 3 oz of marijuana. South Dakota referes to its program and the plant as “cannabis” rather than “marijuana”. The program’s rules and regulations have not been finalized as of yet, and won’t be until at least October 29, 2021. However, protections will be provided to medical cannabis .

Are you interested in getting a Medical Marijuana Card in South Dakota? You’ve come to the right place because Leafwell plans to open in the state as soon as possible. Want to be one of the first patients? Join our waitlist today. We’ll email you as soon as we start seeing patients in South Dakota.

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We hope this article acts as a valuable guide to help you understand the process of applying for your MMJ Card. We keep this information up to date to make sure it is accurate and makes your journey as simple as possible. Keep reading to find out more.

Table of Contents
  1. Getting a South Dakota Medical Marijuana Card Online
  2. Who Can Apply?
  3. What Does an MMJ Card Permit in South Dakota?
  4. How do I Apply?
  5. What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?
  6. How Much Does a Medical Marijuana Card Cost in South Dakota?
  7. What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in South Dakota?
  8. What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?
  9. Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?
  10. How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
  11. Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in South Dakota?
  12. Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
  13. Does South Dakota Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?
  14. Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen and Pierre
  15. History of Medical Marijuana Laws in South Dakota
  16. Useful Links

Getting a South Dakota Medical Marijuana Card Online

At the moment, the medical marijuana program is not yet live. South Dakota anticipates the program becoming live on 1 July 2021, and Leafwell expects to be open up for certification as soon as possible after this date.

As a telehealth platform helping people easily obtain their medical marijuana cards, Leafwell aims to help our clients quickly and securely get a South Dakota Medical Marijuana Card online. We’ve put together this valuable guide which will answer all your questions and help individuals living in South Dakota understand the importance of applying for their South Dakota MMJ Card via the easy, HIPAA-compliant process offered by Leafwell’s telemedicine platform.

Who Can Apply?

Individuals aged 18 and older can apply without a parent or guardian. If South Dakota’s program includes a caregiver program, younger patients can get a card with the approval of their parent or guardian.

What Does an MMJ Card Permit in South Dakota?

As an MMJ Card holder in South Dakota, you are permitted to possess:

  • Up to 3 oz of marijuana

On 3 November 2020, South Dakota also legalized recreational marijuana by approving Amendment A. However, this only allows individuals over the age of 21 to carry up to 1 oz of marijuana. It is expected that both measures will come into effect on the same day but people in South Dakota with a medical marijuana card can purchase and carry up to three times as much marijuana.

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Does this mean recreational cannabis is legal in South Dakota?

Although Amendment A has been approved, there are no laws or rules protecting non-medical cannabis users as of yet. Unfortunately, this means that recreational cannabis possession is not legal as of yet in South Dakota.

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How do I Apply?

We don’t know the exact process of the South Dakota state program but we can tell you how the Leafwell telemedicine process will go! In the meantime, here’s how it will likely go:

1. Register online with Leafwell 

You can speak to a doctor and qualify for a South Dakota medical marijuana card online. The cost of the online consultation is yet to be established. You are only billed if approved.

2. Attend your appointment and discuss with your physician why you would like an MMJ Card

The doctor will ask you questions based on your medical history and provide you with advice and guidance on whether medical marijuana is a good choice for you.

3. Receive your certificate from Leafwell

This is a certificate which says that your doctor recommends you become a cannabis patient under the state’s current laws and this certificate is required to apply for your MMJ Card.

4. Final steps to be clarified by South Dakota government

As and when more details are released, we’ll provide you with more details here.

5. Receive your medical marijuana card

Once you’ve been approved, you’ll receive a medical card and can legally purchase up to 3 oz of medical marijuana in South Dakota.

What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?

Your online medical marijuana evaluation with Leafwell is quick and easy. In order to get started, we’ll need you to provide us with some preliminary details as well as some medical records. These are all passed securely to one of our registered practitioners who can familiarize themselves with your application before your consultation.

The consultation itself is simple and secure, taking place on our bespoke telemedicine platform. You will meet with a South Dakota registered practitioner who has experience issuing certificates for medical marijuana to patients for a range of medical issues. The registered practitioner will speak with you about why you are applying and ask some questions with regards to your medical conditions and history.

At the end of the consultation, the registered practitioner will be able to make an informed decision about whether they recommend the use of medical cannabis based on the medical information they have obtained. If an application is successful, the registered practitioner will complete the certification, ready to be uploaded as part of an application to the South Dakota government.

If an application is unsuccessful, you will not be charged for the consultation.

South Dakota medical marijuana certificates are valid for one year. When you use Leafwell to obtain your certificate, we’ll send you a reminder email one month before your card is due to expire to make sure you have plenty of time to submit your renewal application.

How Much Does a Medical Marijuana Card Cost in South Dakota?

The initial consultation with one of the South Dakota registered practitioners via Leafwell’s HIPAA compliant online consultation service is a flat fee. We will announce the fee closer to the time. However, if you do not qualify for an MMJ Card and our practitioner elects not to sign your certificate, you will not be charged.

At the moment, we don’t know what costs may be associated with the application to South Dakota’s medical marijuana program.

Insurance does not currently cover the cost of applying for an MMJ Card in South Dakota because cannabis is illegal at the federal level.

What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in South Dakota?

At the moment, we don’t have any specific qualifying conditions. The Measure mentioned patients suffering from a “debilitating medical condition”. Most state programs include the following conditions so we can anticipate that many of these will be included:

What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?

In order to apply for your MMJ Card in South Dakota, we expect that you will need to show your signed certificate which provides proof of your condition as well as your identification documents. You should gather together the following:

  • ID
  • Proof of residency
  • A signed certificate (which can be obtained via Leafwell)

Below are all of the acceptable forms these documents may take.

Acceptable ID

  • Valid, unexpired Driver’s License
  • Voter’s registration
  • State-produced Identification Card
  • Passport

Acceptable proof of residency

  • Utility bill
  • Any correspondence with a state department
  • Bank statement
  • Mortgage or rental agreement

Signed Medical Cannabis Certification

You will need to have your medical cannabis certificate/recommendation in order to complete your medical marijuana card application.

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Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?

Yes. In order to responsibly sign a certificate which permits individuals to apply for an MMJ card, our registered practitioners must have a comprehensive understanding of your medical history.

This allows them to provide an accurate assessment to ensure that medical cannabis is a good option for each patient on a case-by-case basis.

How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

At the moment, we have no details about whether or not a caregiver program will be set up. However, they usually do exist and we would expect South Dakota to implement one. We’ll update this as we gather more information. There are some rules, though, including the caregiver:

  • Being at least twenty-one years of age;
  • Agreeing to assist with a qualifying patient’s medical use of cannabis;
  • Not having been convicted of a disqualifying felony offense; and
  • Is assisting no more than five qualifying patients with the medical use of cannabis, unless the designated caregiver’s qualifying patients each reside in or are admitted to a health care facility or residential care facility where the designated caregiver is employed.

Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in South Dakota?

Early signs suggest that medical patients who do not have a dispensary in their jurisdiction will be allowed to grow medical marijuana at home, if over the age of 21. Recreational users will not be able to grow marijuana. Up to 3 plants may be grown, or an amount recommended by the physician.

Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

Yes. Leafwell is committed to protecting the privacy of our patients. Our online service is HIPAA compliant and our systems are designed to keep all of your confidential details safe.

On April 26, 2021, the Department of Health issued a request for proposal (RFP) (ID #2357) for a statewide patient registry, verification, and licensing system to be used in the implementation of the medical cannabis program.

This system will ensure that patients and caregivers can be accurately identified and ensure that only verified patients and caregivers have access to medical cannabis. The patient verification system will also ensure that South Dakota law enforcement officials have the necessary tools to accurately identify medical cannabis patients/caregivers they may encounter.

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Does South Dakota Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?

We don’t know this yet. Some states accept out-of-state Medical Marijuana Cards. This is called reciprocity. The following states accept out-of-state medical cannabis cards:

  • Alaska ^
  • Arkansas *
  • California ^
  • Colorado ^
  • Hawaii *
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma *
  • Oregon ^
  • Puerto Rico
  • Washington ^
  • Washington D.C.

States marked with * require visitors to complete a visiting patient application for the duration of their stay.

States marked with ^ have adult use programs but do not accept out of state cards.

Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen and Pierre

There is little if any difference in medical cannabis laws between different South Dakota jurisdictions. Regardless of where you are in South Dakota, we hope you can get a medical marijuana card online with Leafwell from July 2021

Remember: you don’t have to visit a clinic in-person in order to qualify for a certificate and MMJ card in South Dakota – you can do it all online, with Leafwell!

History of Medical Marijuana Laws in South Dakota

Here is a brief overview of the history of medical marijuana laws and legislation in South Dakota:

  • 3 November 2020 – South Dakota becomes the first state to legalize medical marijuana and recreational marijuana on the same ballot. Measure 26 legalized medical marijuana in South Dakota and Amendment A legalised recreational cannabis for adults.
  • 1 July 2021 – Medical Marijuana Program expected to go live.
  • 29 October 2021 – Rules for the South Dakota Medical Cannabis Program are expected to be finalized.

To find out more about getting a Medical Marijuana Card in South Dakota, get in touch with the expert team at Leafwell today or use any of these verified resources below:

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Written by
Ruth Lemon
Ruth Lemon

Ruth Lemon has worked in Cambodia and Australia, gaining experience in the non-profit sector, education and international development, and digital marketing. Ruth is helping Leafwell to scale without compromising the customer experience and seeks to create a frictionless customer journey. She now lives in the UK with her rescued Cambodian cat and believes Leafwell is improving access to and understanding of a valuable medical alternative.

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