Two more businesses have secured Lincoln County's license to manufacture, test, cultivate and sell medical marijuana.
The Lincoln County Commission unanimously approved two applications for a medical marijuana license at Tuesday's meeting, marking the second and third license the county has issued in the five months since South Dakota legalized medical cannabis use.
Public hearings were held for Dakota Herb LLC and 605 Cannabis LLC at the meeting.
According to county ordinances, Lincoln County's license allows for the operation of one of each: cannabis product manufacturing facility, cannabis testing facility, cultivation facility and cannabis dispensary so long as all the facilities reside at the same location.
Applicants must obtain permits from the county and the current state registration certificate issued by the South Dakota Department of Health, and pay $50,000 in application fees to the county.
William Golden, Chief Civil Deputy at the county's State's Attorney office, informed the five-member panel during the hearings that both applications cleared background checks and application requirements in compliance with county ordinances.
Brandon resident Dalton Grimmius said Dakota Herb LLC's goal is to start a grow operation outside of Tea, in an industrial area that will house a dispensary and manufacturing sector.
Sioux Falls resident Ned Horsted, who represented 605 Cannabis LLC, explained his business plans to build a 35,000 square feet building that would be a cultivation facility, product manufacturing facility and dispensary on site.
"This would be right off of the I-29 highway 18 exit," said Horsted during the hearing. "I had a nice meeting with the sheriff a couple of weeks ago. He didn't have any issues with our security plan or anything that I presented to him."
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