Marijuana policies brought to local level | Local News | – Black Hills Pioneer

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LEAD — The city of Lead wants to put dispensary licenses for medical marijuana on hold until the state has developed guidelines and rules for the new businesses, something that is slated to happen by Oct. 29.

On Monday the Lead City Commission approved the first reading of the temporary ordinance to suspend dispensary licenses, and they are expected to give final approval at their June 7 meeting. Lead City Administrator Mike Stahl said while medical marijuana will become legal on July 1, the state of South Dakota has until Oct. 29 to establish guidelines and rules for the new practice. The city of Lead will be responsible for selling or assigning the licenses.

“Right now there is no control over it,” Stahl said. “Medical marijuana is here, and we’re not going to get rid of it. The city cannot turn down dispensaries at this time.”

Stahl said the state plans to give more control to municipalities for governing dispensary licenses. That includes where the facilities are located, how many are in the town, and how they are regulated.

The state will decide the required criteria a business must meet to become a dispensary, how marijuana is dispensed, what doctors can prescribe it, and qualifications for prescription holders.

Stahl said he expects other larger municipalities to take an in depth look at managing local control with rules and regulations, and so Lead will not have to “reinvent the wheel” in setting policy.

“There are guidelines from here to breakfast all over the United States,” Stahl said. “We just have to see which ones work for us.”

In November 2020, South Dakota voters approved by narrow margin two ballot measures that would

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