SD Department of Health Releases Medical Cannabis Administrative Rules

The South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) last Thursday released its proposed administrative rules to implement the medical cannabis program created by voters in Initiated Measure 26 (IM 26). IM 26 directs the DOH to enact final administrative rules for medical cannabis by Oct. 29, 2021, and the agency is on schedule to meet this deadline, according to a press release. 

“The proposed administrative rules are one of many steps our Department has taken to develop a safe and responsible medical cannabis program in South Dakota, as the voters intended,” said Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon.

To gather initial comments on these proposed rules and to answer questions from the public, DOH held two medical cannabis telephone town-halls on Monday. DOH will begin the formal approval process for the rules, which also require the South Dakota Legislature’s approval, in September after seeking further feedback from stakeholders and the public. 

On July 1, IM 26, which only concerns medical cannabis, will go into effect. The full text of the law can be found under South Dakota Codified Law 34-20G

View the proposed rules. Learn more at

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