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Regulations and Legalization for Businesses

Voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana on November 3, 2020. Revenue will be responsible for licensing and regulating the cultivation, manufacturing, testing, transport, delivery, and sale of marijuana.

The constitutional amendment is effective July 1, 2021, and the Department has until April 1, 2022, to have regulations in place to begin accepting applications for establishments.

The Department of Revenue does not anticipate accepting marijuana licensing applications prior to sometime in 2022. As we work on developing licensing requirements throughout 2021, we will continue to update our website as more information becomes available.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • How soon can I get a distributor license?
    At this time, the Department does not have the authority to issue licenses for marijuana distributors.

  • How soon will rules be developed for businesses interested in cultivating, manufacturing, testing, transporting or selling marijuana?
    The Department of Revenue has until April 1, 2022 to adopt the rules necessary for implementation and enforcement of the constitutional amendment.

  • When will the SD DOR have regulations set?
    The SD DOR has until April 1, 2022, to have regulations in place. 


Additional Information

As additional information is available, we will be updating our website. Please continue to check back.