South Dakota


Higher Yields Cannabis Consultants offers a full range of cannabis consulting services in the state of South Dakota. Our vertically integrated consulting system offers a path to business success. From startup to scaling and expansion of your cannabis-related business and everything in-between our team of industry experts can help. If you have any questions please contact us online or call (844) HI-YIELD.

Important Wins from the 2020
Election: South Dakota

South Dakota made history this year by being the first to legalize both medical marijuana and adult-use cannabis on the same ballot in an election year. This is great news for this state even though its governor is staunchly against cannabis. The initiatives, as written, provide a framework and mandate for implementation of rules and regulations for medical marijuana, hemp, and adult-use.

Based on the projections from Bridge West CPAs in adult use cannabis market in South Dakota in the first fully operational year could yield $8.9 million in tax revenue increasing to $12.1 million in the following year and $15 million in the year after that potentially leading to 1,175 jobs in the first year rising to 1,605 in the second year and 2,053 in the third year. The medical marijuana Initiative has enough qualifying conditions to allow for a respectable patient base. However, South Dakota will face the challenge far sooner than its peers of striking the right balance in the rules and regulations to protect the medical marijuana program and its patients from the competition of its own adult-use market.

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South Dakota
Cannabis Opportunities

Currently, neither medical nor recreational-use marijuana is legal in the state of South Dakota. In fact, the state has some of the harshest penalties in the country for possession of marijuana. South Dakotans found in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia can face the following:

  • Misdemeanor charges for any amount under 2 ounces,
  • Misdemeanor charges for possessing paraphernalia,
  • And felony charges for any amount over 2 ounces, all of which can result in fines and jail time.

Fortunately, proponents of legislation embracing legal cannabis have made waves in the state. South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws are pushing an initiative to regulate the sale and tax of marijuana in the state, and advocates have gathered over 80,000 signatures supporting the cause. South Dakotans will vote on both medical and recreational adult-use marijuana legalization in November, making it the first state to vote on both initiatives at the same time. If the state passes legalization legislation, cannabis opportunities will be on the horizon.
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History of
Cannabis in South Dakota

South Dakota’s modern cannabis history began in 1933 when all forms of marijuana were banned in the state. South Dakota essentially joined the many states in the 30s that were passing anti-cannabis legislation for fear of the supposed psychological effects of the substance. It wasn’t until 1977 that South Dakota introduced more cannabis legislation and reignited public discussion.

In 1977, possession of up to one pound of marijuana was decriminalized in South Dakota, but that decision was repealed shortly thereafter. New legislation for marijuana reform wasn’t proposed again until 2006. If passed, the 2006 South Dakota Medical Marijuana Initiative would have granted permission for patients with certain conditions to grow, possess, and use marijuana for medicinal purposes.

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Licenses in South Dakota

If you are looking to attain a license for hemp or cannabis in South Dakota Higher Yields Cannabis Consulting can help. Our team of cannabis licensing consultants and technical writers has had great success helping newcomers and experienced operators attain licenses all over the world.

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South Dakota
Cannabis Market

Hemp and its derivatives were removed from the definition of marijuana at the federal level in 2018, but states maintain authority over if and how the crop is grown within their borders. If a state wishes to allow hemp cultivation, they must simply submit a plan to the USDA. Fortunately, South Dakota now intends to submit a plan. A law signed in March of this year will allow certain licensed businesses to cultivate hemp. 

Though no official plans for hemp cultivation, or overall legalization legislation, have come to fruition yet, it’s clear that attitudes toward cannabis are shifting positively in South Dakota. If you’re interested in entering the cannabis industry in South Dakota someday, there’s no time like the present to start planning for the future. Higher Yields Consulting can help.

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