The largest health care providers in South Dakota have proposed to lawmakers that they should drop some requirements for people seeking medical marijuana cards. Physicians would still need to diagnose a patient with a qualified condition (severe pain, seizures, multiple sclerosis), but they just would not need to specify that they recommend marijuana as a treatment. Starting July 1, 2021, cannabis is now legal for both medicinal and recreational use in South Dakota. This proposal will help increase access while some doctors are still hesitant to explicitly prescribe cannibas as treatment while it is still a newly legalized substance.
HB 1263 was passed into law by Governor Kristi Noem on March 25, 2021. This new law provides greater transparency in pricing for health care related costs.
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