South Dakota started approving medical cannabis patient and physician applications but at a rate that could make it difficult for patients to connect with doctors registered for the program.
South Dakota officials as of Tuesday had approved 306 patients for the state’s medical cannabis program along with 90 physicians to make patient recommendations, according to state Department of Health (DOH) data outlined by KELO. Health officials have also denied 45 applications by physicians seeking to participate in the program.
According to state rules, a physician is required to begin the process of applying for a medical cannabis card. First, patients must schedule an appointment with a physician who is licensed to prescribe medication and patients must meet in person with a physician with whom they have a ‘bona fide practitioner-patient relationship.’