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Patients in South Dakota are eagerly waiting for registration to start for medical marijuana cards. But the problem is that there are some legal disputes in the government, that are slowing things down. We have a path to help patients apply for their South Dakota medical card RIGHT NOW! Instead of waiting until October or November.
As per SDCL 34-20G-1, any physician who is authorized to prescribe medication, can provide a written certification for a South Dakota medical card. The physician must have a bona fide practitioner-patient relationship. That means more than one appointment is required. Physicians will provide a cost of the preliminary appointment (for intake and interview).
Effective July 1, 2021, anyone with a medical cannabis recommendation (from any legalized state) can visit a dispensary in South Dakota. The first dispensary to open in South Dakota is owned and operated by the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe. The town is located forty minutes north of Sioux Falls. Dispensaries are predicted to open in 2022.
Medical marijuana is legal in South Dakota for patients effective July 1, 2021. However, the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) is still finalizing administrative rules about issuing medical cards. Patients will not be able to apply until the fall of 2021. However, you can start getting ready now! And join a waitlist so that a physician will contact you when SD medical card registration is open.
When South Dakota medical marijuana dispensaries are open, patients will be able to get suggestions from cannabis experts. There are different strains that can help with pain relief, anxiety, insomnia, gastrointestinal upset, muscle spasms, and more. It is a good idea to choose one dispensary in South Dakota, so that they can provide personalized recommendations.
In South Dakota, there will be a 15% sales tax on recreational (adult-use) marijuana. That is a tax that patients with a medical card won't have to pay. When you multiply those tax savings on every purchase you make of South Dakota medical marijuana, it adds up to significant savings annually!
In states that have legalized both adult-use (recreational) and medical marijuana, there is another benefit. If you have your South Dakota medical card, dispensaries are an essential service. Just like a pharmacy. So that means they won't shut down. It also means that patients with a South Dakota medical marijuana card are first priority.
The ruling on follow-up appointments is still being discussed, as part of the administrative rules in South Dakota. However, because a bona fide relationship is required between a South Dakota patient and the physician, it is expected that there will be mandatory follow-up appointments.
Getting a new medical card in South Dakota will take some time if you let your original card expire. When you do get your SD medical card, pay close attention to the expiration date. And make sure you schedule an appointment in advance with a doctor, to help you renew your South Dakota medical card on time.
Want to know right away, when you can apply for your South Dakota medical card? Registration for patients isn't open yet. But when the South Dakota medical marijuana program starts accepting patients, you can be the first to know. Submit your contact information and we will have the doctor call you, to schedule your appointment. And help you get your South Dakota medical card.
Connect with a provider whose specialty is relevant to your stated qualifying condition(s). For example, if you struggle with chronic pain, you may want to see a pain specialist. Patients living with cancer may want to see an oncologist that has therapeutic knowledge of medical marijuana and cancer in South Dakota.
When you see your South Dakota marijuana doctor, you will be able to ask any questions you may have about managing your symptoms. For some people, medical marijuana is very effective to help with symptoms of pain, inflammation, You can develop a treatment plan with your doctor, and change it if your health condition changes.
The preliminary list of qualifying health conditions was approved in November 2020, when voters endorsed IM-26. The South Dakota Department of Public Health (DOH) notes that petitions are being received to add new qualifying health conditions to this list.
Patients must be diagnosed by a certified physician with one or more of the following chronic diseases or symptoms. The physician must agree that medical cannabis can offer a therapeutic benefit for the patient, prior to referring them to get a South Dakota medical card.
The current approved qualifying health conditions include:
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