The next time you hear some gringo in South Dakota refer to “Indian time,” don’t get all woke-het-up on ‘em; just point out that it would be more accurate to refer to some dilly-dallier as operating on “Kristi time.” Our American Indian neighbors in Flandreau promptly put into action South Dakotans’ will, expressed in the November 2020 election, to legalize medical marijuana. Governor Kristi Noem’s administration, however, has dragged its feet on getting medical marijuana cards out to ailing users and setting the regulatory framework for vendors to meet this newly legal need.
The state has certified 53 firms hoping to open 80 medical marijuana dispensaries around the state. But with Flandreau and now Pine Ridge dominating the cannabis market, the first state-certified shop for medical marijuana is just now prepping to open in Hartford, more than 20 months after voter approval and over a year after enactment of this medical reform:
“We are very excited to announce we have secured the first initial inventory available to state-ran dispensaries. Our plan is to have product delivered and available to the certified public on the 27th of this month for our soft opening,” Unity Rd. co-owner Adam Jorgensen said.
The showroom is ready at the brand-new Unity Rd. dispensary in Hartford.
…Unity Rd will be selling the first cannabis harvest from DNS (Dakota Natural Solutions), a state-licensed grow operation out of Huron, beginning Wednesday, July 27th [Bridget Bennett, “1st Licensed Marijuana Dispensary Opening Next Week,” KELO-TV, 2022.07.19].
Over a year and a half from an overwhelming popular vote to the opening of one state-licensed dispensary—that long wait would have felt even longer if our Indian friends hadn’t so promptly and urgently responded to the will of the people. It’s too bad South Dakota’s Governor leaves democracy and government lurching along on Kristi time.