On July 1, 2021, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe opened South Dakota’s first medical cannabis dispensary. On November 3, 2020, South Dakota voters passed Measure 26, the Medical Marijuana Initiative, legalizing medicinal cannabis use in the state.
The new dispensary is located on the Flandreau Santee Sioux Indian Reservation, 40 miles north of Sioux Falls, SD. The business is owned by FSST Pharms, LLC, a company wholly owned by the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe.
“The grand opening of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe’s Native Nations Dispensary went very well, and customers have flooded the dispensary all day,” Flandreau Santee Sioux Attorney General Seth Pearman told Native News Online. “The Tribe is confident that the regulatory structure it put in place will create a safe product that will benefit customers.”
The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe (FSST) made national headlines after being the first tribal nation to legalize recreational cannabis. It was followed by the Department of Justice’s December 2014 memorandum stating that tribal governments may cultivate and sell marijuana as long as the states in which they are located have also legalized marijuana use.
As a result, the tribe converted a former bowling alley into a lounge where