Finally, South Dakota has joined the other 36 states that have decided to legalize the use of medical cannabis. Does that mean that residents of South Dakota can now get a medical marijuana card? The medical marijuana program is still underway, and soon the people of the state of S.D. will start applying for the MMJ card to access the cannabis drug on July 1. 2021.
The qualifying medical conditions in the states of South Dakota include,
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Chemotherapy Side-Effects
- Chronic Pain
Those qualified with the above medical conditions can now prepare to apply for a medical marijuana card. As per South Dakota’s law, a patient can acquire 3 ounces of marijuana. But since medical marijuana is not yet functional, that will have to wait for some time.
You must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in South Dakota and over 21 years if you want to use recreational cannabis.
The documents you need to apply for a medical marijuana card in South Dakota.
- Photo ID (driver’s license, passport, or your state I.D.)
- Proof of address (from the utility bill to rental lease or bank statement)
- Medical records (patient’s history, doctor’s notes, imaging/scan results, prescription information/history)
What’s the application process
Currently, there are no set methods of applying medical cannabis in S.D. until July 1, 2021. However, below are some standard processes that residents are likely to follow:
- First, you have to show proof of being a resident of South Dakota state.
- A patient with qualifying conditions must find a certified doctor to approve their ailment. He will evaluate the patient to determine whether he has any of the medical conditions. But physicians are not obligated to give an MMJ consultation or to write a recommendation to the patient.
- Complete the applications required, and submit your documents to their state.
- There is some processing fee required by the state you’re applying to, but South Dakota is yet to advise their residents.
How you’ll benefit from applying for a medical marijuana card
There are many benefits that you will get after getting a medical cannabis card. One of them is getting access to high-quality cannabis in a dispensary. You also get some tax exemptions in most states. If you need to cultivate marijuana at home, that’s also possible, depending on your state’s law.
In Conclusion, as more states continue to legalize marijuana, most patients can now benefit from cannabis. And the process of applying for the medical marijuana card has become relatively straightforward. In addition, most states, including South Dakota, are now accepting telemedicine, making it convenient for most people who cannot travel.