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How to get a medical card in South Dakota - Coming Soon

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    Register online with Leafwell

    Be one of the first patients in South Dakota by joining our waitlist today

  2. 2

    Discuss Medical Marijuana with your Doctor

    You will be able to 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, and you are only billed if approved.

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    Receive your certificate from Leafwell

    This certificate will say 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.

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    Apply for a Card with the State of South Dakota

    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.

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Benefits of Getting a South Dakota Medical Card

  • Access a greater number of dispensaries
  • Products
  • Money off sales tax
  • Greater possession limits
  • Legally cultivate your cannabis

About Medical Marijuana in South Dakota

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 refers to its program as "cannabis" rather than "marijuana."

Measure 26 became South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL) 34-20G. However, it is not yet an active program.

If you want to read the rules in more detail, keep up-to-date with the current laws, see what stage the program has reached, and/or contact the state about its rules and regulations, check out the government website.


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How to qualify

South Dakota’s program is not yet up and running. As soon as we have more details, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, join the waitlist and we’ll let you know as soon as the program becomes live.

  1. Information for caregivers
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    Caregivers must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age.


Medical Conditions

South Dakota’s law considers a qualifying condition to be a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following:

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Possession and Growing

As an MMJ cardholder 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 21 to carry up to 1 oz of marijuana.

Medical patients who do not have a dispensary in their jurisdiction will grow medical marijuana at home if over the age of 21. Recreational users will not grow marijuana, and up to three plants may be grown or an amount recommended by the physician.


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Caregivers

Medical Marijuana patients in South Dakota can have a caregiver.

The designated caregiver must:

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    Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age;

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    Have agreed to assist with a qualifying patient’s medical use of cannabis;

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    Not have been convicted of a disqualifying felony offense; and

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    Assist 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.

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Reciprocity

South Dakota does not have medical marijuana reciprocity and does not recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards.

The following states accept or recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:

  • Arizona
  • Georgia (Low-THC Only)
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Washington, D.C.
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Frequently asked questions in South Dakota

How much does a South Dakota Medical Marijuana certificate and card cost?

Leafwell is unable to provide online medical marijuana certifications for South Dakota patients at this time.

The application fee for the state-issued medical marijuana card is $50.

What medical conditions qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in South Dakota?

In South Dakota, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana certificate and card:

  • A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following:
    • Cachexia or wasting syndrome (e.g. HIV/AIDS);
    • Severe, debilitating pain;
    • Severe nausea (e.g. cancer/chemotherapy);
    • Seizures (e.g. epilepsy);
    • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis (MS).
What do I need to know about applying for my Medical Cannabis Card in South Dakota online?

Telehealth is available for online medical marijuana evaluations in South Dakota, but Leafwell is not providing online MMJ consultations in the state as of yet. This will soon change, hopefully.

Medical marijuana is legal in South Dakota (and the program prefers to use the term “cannabis”). In 2020, the voters of South Dakota passed Initiated Measure 26 and approved medical cannabis. South Dakota’s medical cannabis program is not active as of yet, but the SD Department of Health (DoH) will announce the process to obtain medical cards by October 29, 2021 and will also announce rules related to medical cannabis establishments.

  1. Register & speak to a friendly physician.
  2. Get approved and instantly download your rec.
  3. Access a greater number of dispensaries, products, and money off sales tax.

On April 26, 2021, the Department of Health issued a request for proposal for a statewide patient registry, verification, and licensing system to be used in the implementation of the SD 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.

How old do I have to be to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in South Dakota?

You must be aged at least 18 in order to qualify for a medical marijuana card for yourself.

Can I be/have a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient in South Dakota?

Yes, South Dakota has allows for caregivers on their medical marijuana program.

The designated caregiver must:

  • Be at least twenty-one years of age;
  • Have agreed to assist with a qualifying patient’s medical use of cannabis;
  • Not have been convicted of a disqualifying felony offense; and
  • Assist 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.