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"2022 was an important year for South Dakota’s cannabis industry"

While medical cannabis was legalized by South Dakota voters in the November 2020 election, taking effect in July 2021, the state would not issue its first medical cards until November 2021, and a state-certified dispensary would not open until July 2022.

Considering much of 2021 was devoted to the development and construction of the infrastructure needed to support the industry, such as gaining licensure and building physical structures, 2022 wound up being a very important year for the industry.

KELOLAND News discussed this past year with Ben Nesselhuf, co-owner of North Sioux City’s True North Dispensary and a member of the Cannabis Industry Association of South Dakota (CIASD).

“I think that the major change has been that you now have dispensaries, cultivators, manufacturers that have opened up all over the state,” said Nesselhuf, describing the way the industry changed over the course of 2021. “Now we’re open for business.”


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