Medical Cannabis Patient Process Overview
Step One: Patient has Medical Complaint
Patient schedules an appointment with their physician.
Step Two: Patient Sees Their Physician
A determination is made by the physician whether the patient would benefit from the therapeutic or palliative use of medical cannabis for their qualifying condition. If yes, a medical certification is issued through the online portal for the patient.
Physicians must create an account at medcannabisapplication.sd.gov to provide written certifications.
Step Three: Patient Applies with DOH
Patient receives email to create account on medcannabisapplication.sd.gov. Once compete, the patient must wait for DOH approval.
Step Four. Caregiver Applies with DOH
Some applications, including minor patient applications, require caregivers to be registered. Caregivers will receive an email to create an account on medcannabisapplication.sd.gov. Once complete, the caregiver must wait for DOH approval.
Step Five: Patient Shops at Dispensary
Once the patient or caregiver gets DOH approval, a medical cannabis card will be mailed to the patient or caregiver. The cardholder may then purchase cannabis from a certified dispensary.
Please Note: Patients can NOT start the medical cannabis application process until their physician creates a certification, which will automatically create a patient account on medcannabisapplication.sd.gov. In South Dakota, dispensaries, not pharmacies, sell cannabis. Medical certification is not a prescription.