South Dakota’s Cannabis Patient Registry Continues to Grow, as Do the Desired Plants

South Dakota’s Cannabis Patient Registry Continues to Grow, as Do the Desired Plants
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<![CDATA[From seed to harvest, cannabis plants take roughly four months to complete their lifecycles, followed by another two months, or more, for drying, curing and packaging before any end products are ready for commercial sale. That cultivation and processing period is going to hold up the progression of rolling out South Dakota’s medical cannabis program: While state voters approved a medical legalization ballot measure in the November 2020 election, a growing list of qualified patients won’t have legal access until, at the earliest, this fall—and perhaps not until the beginning of 2023. As of June 27, there were 1,195 patients approved by the state, after receiving their recommendations from the 106 physicians who are qualified to do so, according to the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH). That patient list is teed up to expand at a greater rate beginning July 1, when the 106 physicians will be joined by physician assistants and advanced practice nurses in their ability to sign off on written certifications for medical cannabis patient eligibility. Gov. Kristi Noem provided her ink to that change in late March via Senate Bill 26. RELATED: South Dakota Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Bills In addition to the nearly 1,200 patients, South Dakota now has a list of 70 certified dispensaries, 25 certified cultivation establishments, 10 manufacturing establishments and one testing lab for its medical cannabis program, according to DOH. The first of the state’s approved cultivators was Colman-based South Dakota Cannabis Co., which received its license in February but wasn’t fully equipped to begin growing until late May after being held up by supply-chain issues, Dakota News Now reported. Logan Denning, one of five owners/partners with South Dakota Cannabis, told the news outlet his company, which began construction on a 120,000-square-foot facility last September, had to wait on extended…

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