South Dakota: Sioux Falls City Council appoints members to medical marijuana task force

The Sioux Falls City Council has appointed two people to a joint task force aimed at creating ordinances around medical marijuana for the city and both Minnehaha and Lincoln counties.

The motion, which was approved 7-0 at Tuesday’s council meeting, appointed Councilor Greg Neitzert to the task force, as well as Erica Beck, the chief of staff to Mayor Paul TenHaken.

Their counterparts on the task force would be Minnehaha County Commissioners Cindy Heiberger and Gerald Beninga, and Lincoln County Commissioners Jim Schmidt and Tiffani Landeen. Both commissions voted to appoint members to the task force on May 25, and are expected to report their findings before July 31.

More:Sioux Falls, Minnehaha officials continue slow march forward on medical marijuana regulations

Initiated Measure 26 will take effect on July 1, making medical marijuana legal throughout the state of South Dakota. But the South Dakota Department of Health has until Oct. 29 to enact the rules and regulations around its usage, growth, sale and more.

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