UPDATED 8:30 P.M.: This story was updated to include comments from Mayor TenHaken about the proposed ordinance.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Five medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed in Sioux Falls city limits, Mayor Paul TenHaken announced on Thursday.
According to a release sent to KELOLAND News, the city will allow no more than 5 dispensaries to ensure access across the city for those seeking medical marijuana.
“This approach does two things. First, it honors the intent of the voters to provide access to medical cannabis within a municipality,” Mayor TenHaken said. “Second, it provides us an opportunity to learn from and react to the impacts that medical cannabis will have on our community, knowing that we are able to consider expansion of the total number of medical cannabis dispensaries in the future.”
Mayor TenHaken compared the plan for the city of Sioux Falls to the implementation of medical marijuana in North Dakota where only 8 dispensaries are available state-wide.
In a Facebook Live video posted Thursday evening, TenHaken said the cap of 5 dispensaries could be changed in the future to adjust for need in the city. TenHaken also clarified that this ordinance pertains only to medical marijuana and pending the Supreme Court’s decision on recreational marijuana, different ordinances will be created.
TenHaken added that dispensaries will have to pay a $100,000 fee every two years for dispensaries to operate and hours will be limited to 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. as listed in the ordinance.
The next step is for the Sioux Falls City Council to approve the mayor’s proposed licensing ordinance.