US (SD): City approves first medical cannabis cultivation license

The Sturgis City Council has approved its first medical cannabis cultivation license. The Crop Shop, 2951 Whitewood Service Rd., must now wait for approval of its state license before operations can begin, said Crop Shop Chief of Operations Mike Barck.
The business will operate on the same property as Barck’s other business – Olson Towing. Once it is approved by the state, workers will start construction to build grow rooms, a ventilation system, and scrubbers in every room, as well as a water purification system, Barck said.

“Our goal is to be up and going in four to five months,” he said.
Although the product will be grown in Sturgis, they hope to provide cannabis not just locally but to dispensaries statewide, Barck said.
It will take some marketing to let others know about the Crop Shop’s products, said employee Bryan Anderson.

Workers will help to cultivate the product, harvest it and also package it for sale, said Joshua Swanson, cultivation manager. “The harvesting of the plants takes a lot of work. That will be the majority of where the workers will be helping,” he said. The startup of planting and growing the cannabis will be the most difficult, Swanson said. “We’re starting from scratch, so it could take anywhere from four to five months before our first harvest,” he said. “After that, we hope to harvest every week.”

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