Sioux Falls, South Dakota city council approved a proposal Tuesday evening that would limit the number of pharmacies while setting the cost of a license at $ 50,000. According to the Argus Leader, that fee was half of the $ 100,000 that City Hall requested, but there’s a chance the licenses in the secondary market could be much higher after the city council clears the transfer.
According to the Argus guide, Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken was against the provision that allows licenses to be transferred, fearing that selling them in the secondary market would add artificial value to them, just as liquor licenses did in South Dakota .
As the Argus guide explained, “A new city liquor license costs about $ 200,000, but a state cap on the number of liquors the city can sell has the secondary market price at $ 300,000 or higher driven. “
Obviously, there were also objections from the population against the upper limit imposed by the city council for five pharmacies. Local TV station KELO reported that the council also voted to require pharmacies to be “150 feet from parks, daycare, churches, outbuildings and single-family homes” and “more than 300 feet from schools”.
Sioux Falls implements the will of the state voters
South Dakota voters approved a polling initiative last year to legalize medical marijuana in the state. Voters also passed a constitutional amendment that appeared on the same ballot that legalized adult recreational pot consumption but was challenged in court and ultimately ruled unconstitutional by a district judge in February. Proponents of the Recreational Marijuana Amendment have challenged this ruling, and it is now under consideration by the South Dakota Supreme Court.
South Dakota’s medical marijuana law officially went into effect July 1, though the state said sales likely won’t begin until July 1, 2022. But the Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe on the eastern edge of the state opened a pharmacy that first week. Located on the tribe’s reservation a little less than an hour from Sioux Falls, the pharmacy was inundated with customers after it opened in July.
“The grand opening of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe’s Native Nations Dispensary went very well and customers flooded the pharmacy all day,” Flandreau Santee Sioux Attorney General Seth Pearman told Native News Online. “The tribe is confident that the regulatory structure they have introduced will create a safe product that customers will benefit from.”
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s office said South Dakota Interstate Police officers will not recognize tribal medical cannabis cards if issued to non-tribal members.
Noem, a potential Republican 2024 presidential candidate who has spoken out against the state’s legalization of recreational marijuana, has appeared on PSAs that air across the state explaining how South Dakota intends to pass the new medical marijuana law to implement.
“In 2020, South Dakota voters spoke up and approved medical cannabis,” Noem said in the ad. “One of my duties as governor is to ensure that the will of the people and all constitutional laws are enforced. The medical cannabis program is on schedule and we are working to implement a responsible program that follows voter instructions. “
“Other countries have made mistakes that we don’t want to repeat,” she adds.
Last week, a South Dakota legislative subcommittee recommended a ban on home growing for medical marijuana patients.