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State issues first medical marijuana dispensary licenses

A copy of Puffy's medical cannabis license
Puffy's Dispensary
A copy of Puffy's medical cannabis license

The state is issuing the first three medical marijuana dispensary licenses in South Dakota.

The dispensaries are in Wagner, Watertown and Keystone.

Kittrick Jeffries is with Puffy’s Dispensary, which received one of the licenses. The group is named after Jeffries’ mother, who is a breast cancer survivor.

The group’s application in Keystone was approved and will be located two miles from Mount Rushmore.

“We’re looking forward to bringing which once was an unregulated market that the South Dakota voters passed with a majority to a regulated industry,” Jeffries says. “My background in compliance in all things cannabis is going to be looking forward to working with state and local officials to make sure we have of the most compliant dispensaries in the state.”

TheDepartment of Health says they’re continuing to process received applications. They did not provide a timeline on when more applications would get approved, but say it hopes to in the near future.

Dispensaries must sell marijuana grown in the state. There are currently no licenses issued for cultivation or manufacturing facilities.

State lawmakers are considering dozens of bills aimed at the medical marijuana industry, as well as bills that legalize adult-use.

Lee Strubinger is SDPB’s Rapid City-based news and political reporter. A former reporter for Fort Lupton Press (CO) and Colorado Public Radio, Lee holds a master’s in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.