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South Dakota launches medical marijuana website

Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 4:30 PM CDT
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PIERRE, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - A new online resource is now available to answer questions about medical marijuana as it nears legalization in South Dakota.

On Thursday, Gov. Kristi Noem, along with the South Dakota Department of Health and the South Dakota Department of Education, launched medcannabis.sd.gov. Officials say it is a website to answer questions and provide information about the upcoming medical cannabis program set to take effect on July 1.

Medical marijuana was made legal in South Dakota after voters overwhelmingly approved Initiated Measure 26 in November of 2020. The implementation has been rocky at times. Back in February, Noem, who previously spoke out against marijuana legalization, asked the legislature to delay the implementation of medical marijuana for a year to give the state more time to prepare. That effort ultimately failed in the legislature.

In a press release issued Thursday, Noem said the state’s medical cannabis program is on schedule. She said the Departments of Health and Education are creating and will operate the new regulatory program to ensure the safety of patients, students, and the public in this new industry.

“We are working hard to streamline the process to get medical cards out to people,” Noem said in the release. “Other states have made mistakes that we do not want to repeat, so we have been careful in our approach.”

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