Meet With a Medical Marijuana Doctor in South Dakota

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You can also take advantage of our Personalized Consults as a South Dakota resident to better understand how cannabis and CBD may be helpful to you.


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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in SD

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When we’re booking appointments in South Dakota, you will schedule an appointment to see a medical marijuana doctor in SD through Veriheal at a time that is most convenient for you. Provide basic medical history and book your appointment with a licensed medical marijuana doctor. You will need medical records and the doctor(s) can approve any qualifying condition.


Consult with a doctor for 15 mins to evaluate your ailments, and ask any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment. After the appointment is complete, the doctor will fill out a recommendation form for medical marijuana and approve you. Once you have this you can then use that to apply to the state.


Once you are approved, you’ll register with the state and submit an application. The state will process your application and notify you of your approval and mail your card. Once you have your card in hand, you can begin purchasing from dispensaries.

In South Dakota, patients will need to re-certify their card annually by seeing a licensed physician again. Veriheal will get in touch with you when your certification is approaching its expiration to help you setup a renewal consultation.

The Status of Cannabis Legalization in SD

In recent South Dakota cannabis news, state legislation amended the qualifying conditions necessary to get a medical card. While it was based on symptoms before, it’s now based on having the condition itself. Both South Dakota residents and nonresidents can apply. 

In November 2020, South Dakota officially passed Ballot Measure 26 with 69% of the vote, legalizing medical cannabis. The initiated measure allows cannabis cardholders or their designated caregivers to possess and purchase up to three ounces of cannabis products from a licensed marijuana dispensary. The state law took effect in July 2021 with the opening of medicinal dispensaries. 

Unfortunately, bills attempting to pass recreational cannabis use in South Dakota did not make it past South Dakota voters or the government in 2021. The eventual federal legalization of cannabis may change this, but there is currently no legislation in place designed to pass recreational marijuana possession or consumption.

Demand for medical cannabis cards is very high throughout the state of South Dakota, with roughly 12,000 registered medical marijuana patients. This is more than double what state legislators and the Department of Health expected, which may help with the push for recreational cannabis legalization. There are now more than 90 dispensaries throughout the state. Pop-up healthcare clinics that help with the application process and distribute medical marijuana cards have also become quite popular.

South Dakota’s medical marijuana program brought in more than $1.37 million in 2023 and is projected to continue growing each year.

What Are The Qualifying Conditions?

To qualify for South Dakota’s medical cannabis program, you must have symptoms of or be diagnosed with one of the following conditions: cancer, chronic pain, epilepsy and seizures, multiple sclerosis, terminal illness, cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe nausea, or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis.


South Dakota allows for a caregiver under the following conditions:

Possession and Cultivation Limits

South Dakotans can possess up to three ounces of cannabis as well as two flowering and two non-flowering cannabis plants.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does South Dakota refer me to certified medical cannabis physicians?

No, the state does not offer any physician referrals, which is why Veriheal will set up shop in South Dakota when the state approves a medical cannabis program to help patients make appointments with registered physicians.

Veriheal will provide physicians for you once the state approves a program. After meeting with a certified doctor in a virtual video consultation from the comfort of your own home, the doctor will determine your eligibility based on a qualifying condition.

From start to finish, the medical evaluation takes approximately 10-15 minutes.

Yes, patients with out-of-state medical cards can purchase cannabis products at South Dakota dispensaries.

The state of South Dakota cannot prohibit medical marijuana card holders from owning a gun due to local laws.

Places to Visit in South Dakota After Enjoying Your Medicine

Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln are the face of South Dakota, home to Mount Rushmore. South Dakota is also famous for Badlands National Park and Custer State Park, where bison roam free. Right smack in the middle of America, the Mount Rushmore State is home to underground caves and woodlands once home to Native American tribes. Add in the city of Deadwood, a replica of the Old West, and visiting South Dakota is like stepping back in time. Visitors and locals alike can even travel back further visiting the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, where more than 60 prehistoric bones have been found. When South Dakota does pass a statewide medical cannabis program, there are plenty of places below to stop and explore on the way to the dispensary.

Mount Rushmore

Likely the most famous mountain in America, Rushmore tells the history of the U.S. with four presidents' faces. According to sculptor Gutzon Borglum, the four presidents represent the most critical events in American history. Washington led the American Revolution, Jefferson was the prominent author of the Declaration of Independence, Roosevelt led the country in the Industrial Revolution, and Lincoln held the U.S. together during the Civil War. Those reasons alone are enough to visit the massive monument. The National Park also offers area activities and attractions for those who travel far and wide to the iconic peak in the park via helicopter rides and kayaking on Horse Thief Lake.

Sertoma Butterfly House and Marine Cove

Feeling fish and watching butterflies flutter all around you is why locals and visitors flock to Sertoma Butterfly House and Marine Cove. The interactive and educational family attraction offers children and adults the opportunity to feed butterflies and take unique behind the scene tours. Along with hosting ever-changing animal exhibits and programs, the site has an animal adoption program, making it possible for patrons to leave with a new member of the family.

Sioux Falls

Between the Sculpture Walk and Arc of Dreams Monument, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, there is no reason not to visit Sioux Falls. To get a feel for the tiny metropolis’ history, many see the Pettigrew Home and Old Courthouse Museums and USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial. Others enjoy visiting the city to experience the Washington Pavilion Arts and Science Attractions, popular for performances and events for adults and a space level and water table for children. Of course, Sioux Falls has other excellent entertainment venues, along with some of the best eateries in the state.

Data Last Updated 01/09/2024

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