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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.

Getting a Medical Card Approval in South Dakota

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).

Access to a South Dakota Dispensary

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.

What Happens After Your Medical Card Evaluation?

Get Your Medical Card

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.

Visit a Dispensary

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.

Save Money

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!

Get Priority Access

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.

Schedule a Followup

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.

Renew Your Card

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.

Get Your Medical Marijuana Card in 3 Easy Steps


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.

Why Should You Get a Medical Card?

Access for 18-20 Year-Olds
If you are 18 years of age or older, you do not have to wait to get access to medical marijuana. Parental consent is not required. Recreational users must be 21 or older.

Increased Possession Limits
Patients are allowed to purchase, carry, and own larger quantities of marijuana than recreational users. In some states, medical card holders are allowed to grow at home.

Save Money on Medical Cannabis
Most states have massive taxes on marijuana products. Medical card holders are exempt from most of those taxes.

Greater Product Accessibility
Medical cannabis patients get access to a wider range of products. Choose from more diverse ratios of cannabinoids such as CBD, CBG, and CBN, which can help reduce inflammation.

Cannabis Tourism
Your medical card may be accepted in many other states. This allows you to access many new products, new strains, and get your medicine while traveling.

Legal Protection of Consumption
With a medical card, your ability to purchase, store, and consume cannabis is legally protected, as long as you buy from a licensed dispensary.

Over 600,000 Medical Cards Provided

Qualifying Health Conditions


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:

  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV);
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease;
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS);
  • Cancer associated with severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting;
  • Crohn’s disease;
  • Epilepsy and seizures;
  • Glaucoma; and
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • Debilitating pain


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Medical Card Frequently Asked Questions

Who is
Since 2010, we have been the leading source of medical cannabis information for patients all over the US. Hundreds of thousands of patients visit every month to find the information they need.
What Conditions Qualify for Medical Cannabis?
Qualifying health conditions vary by state. Some of the common conditions that may qualify you for a medical card are: epilepsy, cancer, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, PTSD, Crohn’s Disease, IBS / IBD, and other chronic or terminal debilitating diseases.
When Will Dispensaries Open in South Dakota for Medical Marijuana?
There have been some legal challenges to the recreational cannabis measures, that are also slowing down medical marijuana in South Dakota. However, there is one dispensary currently open on Tribal land. And other dispensaries are expected to be open by Fall of 2021.
Can I Get Medical Marijuana in South Dakota Right Now?
You can. There is a 100% legal way to get a medical card right now, while other patients may be waiting until October or November of 2021. We can help you get your South Dakota medical card faster. Fill out the form and we'll have a certified doctor contact you to get started!
Where do I find a real South Dakota medical marijuana doctor?
You can find a certified medical marijuana provider right here on Check out our list of certified South Dakota marijuana doctors!
Who qualifies for a medical card in South Dakota?
South Dakota has a lot of qualifying conditions. You can read more about how to qualify for MMJ in SD.
Can I use other products with or without a SD medical card?
Most other products are legal in all 50 states. Learn more about the south-dakota law.
How do I find a licensed marijuana dispensary in South Dakota?
You can find a licensed South Dakota dispensary near you on our site! Check out our South Dakota medical marijuana dispensary directory.

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