Sioux Tribe Opening First Legal Marijuana Business In South Dakota

Despite voter approval, legal cannabis is on pause in South Dakota—everywhere except for a tiny town located on an Indian reservation, where the Flandreau Santee Sioux will open the state’s first legal cannabis business this week.

South Dakota’s first medical marijuana dispensary will open July 1. Its owners are the Flandreau … [+] Santee Sioux Nation.

Flandreau Santee Sioux nation

Last fall, South Dakota became the first state in the US to legalize adult-use marijuana at the same time as medical cannabis when voters approved a pair of ballot measures. Little has gone to plan since then.

A lawsuit backed by the state’s Republican Gov. Kristi Noem may scuttle recreational cannabis, and bureaucratic and legislative roadblocks may delay the state’s medical-marijuana program from selling its first gram until mid-2022.

But starting July 1, anyone with a medical cannabis recommendation—from any state—will be able to walk into an…

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