HURON – At the Beadle County Commission meeting Tuesday morning, the first reading of an ordinance setting forth future definitions for the impending medical marijuana state law was read.
State’s attorney Michael Moore talked through the ordinance with commissioners as they discussed and adopted the first reading.
The ordinance sets the hours of operation for future medical cannibas establishments at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with businesses closed on state or federal holidays. Dispensaries would also be restricted to operating at least 1,000 feet away from any school or in-home daycare facility, among multiple other defined requirements.
Many of the measures outlined in the ordinance are set forth with the understanding that further definition will likely come from the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) after July 1, when the law technically goes into effect.
The DOH has been tasked with establishing requirements for licenses for dispensaries, establishing requirements, issuing individual medicinal marijuana use identification cards and establishing requirements for potential providers within the state as well. Those requirements may not all be established as of July 1, but once DOH documentation is available, the county’s ordinance outlines how Beadle County will respond to medical cannibas.
The full ordinance is below. The second reading will be June 29 during the commission meeting.
Commissioners considered the county-wide burn ban, currently in place, and chose to keep the ban in place due to continued dry conditions, especially noting the recent heat leading to continued fire risk.
The commission convened as the county board of adjustment to review a moving permit for Allen and Gayle Schroeder to remove two small sheds from their property in order to replace them with one large shed. The new shed meets all setback requirements. This was approved.
Commissioners approved a platting of S&B Kuhns Heritage Acres to allow for 10 acres of the property to be sold for a potential residence.
The commission also approved the resignation of a member of the county nursing staff, effective June 11, and approved the hire of Sabrina Banghart as a full-time employee in the auditor’s office.
The next county commission meeting is June 29 at 9 a.m. in the commission room at the courthouse.
The full ordinance is listed below:
AN ORDINANCE TO REGULATE MEDICAL CANNABIS WITHIN BEADLE COUNTY
WHEREAS, the State of South Dakota permits the sale and consumption of medical cannabis pursuant to South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL) Chapter 34-20G and,
WHEREAS, pursuant to SDCL 34-20G-55, county government may require a local registration, license, or permit for a medical cannabis establishment to operate within that county, and
WHEREAS, pursuant to SDCL 34-20G-58, county government may enact ordinances or regulations governing the time,…