October 07, 2021

Medical Cannabis: City Finalizes Application, Licensing Requirements and Process for Proposed Establishments

Application packets available online

and from City Finance Office starting Monday, Oct. 4

Click on the link below for information on the Community Planning page with important application and licensing requirements and information. Some items will be added to the site through Monday, October 4 including the application form.



City officials finalized the licensing procedures and application submittal requirements for potential medical cannabis establishments.

            At the September 20 meeting, the Rapid City Council approved the second reading of the ordinance adopting rules governing medical cannabis establishments.  The ordinance is set to take effect this Saturday (October 2) with publication of the ordinance in the Rapid City Journal. The application packets and process begins Monday, October 4.

            The ordinance governs cultivation, manufacturing and testing facilities and dispensaries and adopts an application procedure for establishments, sets a limit of 15 dispensary licenses based on the 2020 census population, sets operational procedures for establishments and sets application and license fees.

            “After several months of work between the City’s legal, planning and finance departments, after monitoring and reviewing the efforts of the state in establishing its set of rules and after approval of the ordinance by the City Council, we are ready to take the next big step in the process,” said Deputy City Attorney Carla Cushman.  “Starting Monday (October 4), a very thorough and detailed application process begins involving several City departments and the State of South Dakota.

“This review process is necessary in determining the granting of a provisional license by the City, the granting of a certification registration by the State and the ultimate issuance of a license by the City.”

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