Following your appointment, our clinic will submit the required Physician Certification Form to the State of South Dakota.
Complete patient registration on the South Dakota Medical Cannabis Program website and receive your card once processed.
MMJ Card Clinic can assist with cannabis-based health and wellness. We strongly believe that no qualifying patient should be denied the medicine they require. Our local doctors and practitioners are ready to help you access cannabis legally as a medical cannabis patient in South Dakota. MMJ Card Clinic’s staff is able to assist you throughout the process of receiving your South Dakota medical cannabis card.
Step 1: Book An Appointment
Step 2: Complete Electronic Paperwork
Step 3: Get Evaluated and Certified by a Physician
Step 4: State Sign-Up
Step 5: Caregivers (If applicable)
Step 6: Approval
Step 7: Renewal
*Applications for a medical cannabis card cannot be processed until the South Dakota Medical Cannabis Program receives the certification for medical cannabis use by the physician.
With the passage of South Dakota Initiated Measure 26 (IM 26), medical cannabis became legal in South Dakota and the medical cannabis program opened in late 2021. To obtain a State-issued South Dakota Medical Cannabis Card, you must meet with and get evaluated in person by a state-approved practitioner. Make an appointment today!
The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe (FSST) Medical Cannabis Program is separate from the State’s program and limits you to only being able to purchase medical cannabis from the FSST dispensary. It’s also important to note that Tribal cards do NOT provide protection from arrest for non-tribal members leaving the reservation.
At MMJ Card Clinic, we understand that obtaining a South Dakota Medical Cannabis Card can be confusing and frustrating. Unfortunately, many people have been turned away by other doctors or clinics because they do not properly understand how to qualify for medical cannabis – that is where we come in! Not only do we have our own, local, state-licensed practitioners available to certify patients for the South Dakota Medical Cannabis Card program but our staff is here to help streamline the application process and make it as easy as possible for you to obtain your South Dakota green card.
Under the law passed by the voters, a condition that allows a patient to use medical cannabis must be a “debilitating medical condition,” which is defined by SDCL 34-20G-1 as “a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: cachexia or wasting syndrome; severe, debilitating pain; severe nausea; seizures; or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis”.
ARSD 44:90:02 establishes the requirements for applying for a medical cannabis card including:
Applications for a medical cannabis card cannot be processed until the South Dakota Medical Cannabis Program receives the certification for medical cannabis use by the patient’s physician.
The South Dakota Medical Cannabis Program began accepting applications from qualifying patients on November 8, 2021.
Per SDCL 34-20G-1, physicians with authority to prescribe drugs to humans must provide a written certification stating that, in their professional opinion, the patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the medical use of cannabis to treat or alleviate the patient’s debilitating condition or symptom associated with the debilitating condition. The document must affirm that it is made in the course of a bona fide practitioner-patient relationship and must also specify the qualifying patient’s debilitating medical condition. An in-person assessment is required. Physician participation in the medical cannabis patient certification process is voluntary.
No, the South Dakota Medical Cannabis Program does not maintain a list of physicians who will provide a certification for medical cannabis use.
Yes, so long as the designated caregiver:
The South Dakota Medical Cannabis Program is in the final stages of implementing a statewide patient registry, verification, and licensing system that will ensure that only verified patients and caregivers have access to medical cannabis. The patient verification system will also ensure that South Dakota law enforcement officials have the necessary tools to accurately identify medical cannabis patients/caregivers they may encounter.
Yes. The renewal fee for a medical cannabis registry identification card is required at the time of renewal with no exceptions.
Per 44:90:04:04, a photograph meeting all the following requirements:
(a) A high-resolution color photo that is not blurry, grainy, pixelated, or digitally altered;
(b) Uses a clear image of the individual’s face without filters;
(c) Uses a plain white or off-white background;
(d) Is two by two inches in size;
(e) Is printed on matte or glossy photo quality paper; and
(f) Is not damaged with holes, creases, or smudges;
Per SDCL 34-20G-1, a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse, who is licensed with authority to prescribe drugs to humans. In relation to a nonresident cardholder, the term means a person who is licensed with authority to prescribe drugs to humans in the state of the patient’s residence.
As part of the application process to obtain a registry identification card for the South Dakota Medical Cannabis Program, applicants may also apply to cultivate four cannabis plants (2 flowering and 2 non-flowering) in their home. Must be able to provide a diagram of the room, picture of the room, and picture of the locked door.
Highway Patrol personnel will not, at the scene of a stop or interaction, arrest a South Dakota resident who is unable to present an unexpired medical cannabis card, as long each of the following apply:
Highway Patrol personnel will not arrest nonresident or tribal cardholders for possession of cannabis, nor will they seize the cannabis or any associated paraphernalia, if the following applies:
South Dakota’s impaired driving laws still apply. An individual may not operate a motor vehicle under the influence of medical cannabis. Drivers are prohibited from smoking or consuming cannabis or cannabis concentrate. Passengers are also prohibited from smoking cannabis or cannabis concentrate.
The South Dakota Medical Cannabis Program cannot provide legal advice to qualifying patients as to the impact of medical cannabis use. Qualifying patients or others with legal questions should consult with their own legal counsel.
The South Dakota Medical Cannabis Program takes privacy and health information security seriously. The secure online registry system for patients, caregivers, physicians, and law enforcement will meet or exceed all state and federal standards for confidentiality, accessibility, and information security.