A tribal-owned dispensary is the first organization in South Dakota to capitalize on the legal cannabis industry since voters legalized medical marijuana last fall.
Using a tribal-issued medical marijuana ID card, Jonathan Schrader, Sr. of Flandreau became the first retail cannabis customer in South Dakota in decades when he bought three marijuana cigarettes for $30 from the Native Nations Cannabis Dispensary on the Santee Sioux Reservation.
“I lost my daughter, so I use it for anxiety and depression,” he told the Argus Leader while being rung up by cashiers conducting the transaction.
Behind him came a veteran from Yankton, a waitress from Brookings County and a couple from Minnesota, each one leaving with their pick of marijuana products like waxes, tinctures, and concentrates and oil cartridges.
But there’s still some uncertainty of whether those folks, not all enrolled members of the Santee Sioux Tribe, were at risk of being arrested when they left the dispensary by the law enforcement that patrolled along the highway that borders the tribe’s reservation and the lot the dispensary sits on.
The tribe requires each customer to first obtain a medical marijuana ID card