In South Dakota, there are 13 chronic or debilitating medical conditions that qualify patients for medical marijuana treatment.
Medical marijuana cards are issued to eligible patients for the following qualifying chronic or debilitating diseases in South Dakota:
In South Dakota, qualifying conditions also include chronic or debilitating medical conditions, or treatments, that produce one or more of the following symptoms:
Does South Dakota Add New Qualifying Conditions to its Medical Marijuana Program?
The 2023 South Dakota Senate Bill 1 added the eight diseases to the state’s list of qualifying conditions. The original text of the South Dakota medical marijuana law only identified the five symptomatic conditions as qualifying for medical marijuana access in the state. The public process of submitting a petition in order to add a new qualifying condition was equally revoked by the senate bill.
No. A South Dakota physician can only recommend medical cannabis for debilitating conditions named in the state’s list of qualifying conditions.
Yes. A patient in South Dakota must make an in-person appointment with a state-licensed medical practitioner to obtain a medical cannabis certification. Before issuing a written certification for medical marijuana treatment, a licensed physician must determine if a condition is debilitating. Physicians, physician assistants, and advanced practice registered nurses who are licensed to prescribe drugs to humans are the only practitioners who can recommend medical cannabis in South Dakota.
South Dakota issues medical marijuana cards to both residents and non-residents. Besides having a current diagnosis of a qualifying condition and a written certification from a state-licensed practitioner, a South Dakota resident applying for a medical marijuana card in South Dakota must also be 18 years or older. Minors can also apply for MMJ cards in South Dakota. However, they must obtain the consent of their parents or legal guardians.
To obtain a South Dakota medical marijuana card, a non-resident must be: