The Medical Marijuana Card Patient Process

The Process

Medical Marijuana Card Patient Process Overview

Step 1 in the South Dakota Medical Marijuana Process
Patient with Qualifying Condition

Patient has a medical condition and schedules an appointment with a Rapid Referrals physician.

Step 2 in the South Dakota Medical Marijuana Process
Patient Sees A Rapid Referrals Provider

Patient sees the Rapid Referrals physician. If a qualifying medical condition exists, a medical certification is issued through the online SD medical cannabis portal for the patient. The fee for this service is only charged once certified.

Step 3 in the South Dakota Medical Marijuana Process
Patient Applies with DOH

Before leaving the appointment, the patient receives an email from the state to create an account online. There is an additional $75 fee paid to the state to complete the application. Once approved, the patient will receive a medical marijuana (cannabis) card in the mail.

Step 4 in the South Dakota Medical Marijuana Process
Caregiver Applies with DOH

(If applicable) Caregivers may be designated and officially added to the online account of the certified patient (or age-restricted cardholder) at the time of the certification, then must also wait for approval.

Step 5 in the South Dakota Medical Marijuana Process
Cardholder Shops at Dispensary

The cardholder or caregiver may then purchase from a certified dispensary. Age-restricted cardholders (those under 18 yo) must have a designated Caregiver to purchase medical marijuana (cannabis) from a certified dispensary. Additional purchasing restrictions apply to age-restricted cardholders.

Patient Gets Relief & Follows up

Patient gets relief from product. Patient then obtains certification renewals and any follow up appointments at Rapid Referrals.

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For more information about the process, please view South Dakota’s “Step by Step Guide for Patients.” You can also download a .pdf version of the above patient process graphic.

Medical Medical Card Process FAQs

What qualifies a patient for the medical marijuana program in South Dakota?

A patient must have a qualifying medical condition recognized by the Rapid Referrals program. During the appointment, a Rapid Referrals physician will determine if the condition qualifies.

How does a patient get certified for medical marijuana in South Dakota?

If a Rapid Referrals physician identifies a qualifying condition, they will issue a medical certification through the online SD medical cannabis portal for the patient.

Is there a fee for the medical certification?

Yes, there is a fee for the medical certification service, but it is only charged if the patient is certified.

What steps must a patient take after seeing a Rapid Referrals provider?

After the appointment, the patient will receive an email from the state to create an online account. There is an additional $75 fee paid to the state to complete the application. Once approved, the patient will receive a medical marijuana card in the mail.

Can a caregiver apply for a medical marijuana card?

Yes, caregivers can be designated by the certified patient (or age-restricted cardholder) at the time of certification and can then apply for approval through the same process.

Where can the cardholder or caregiver purchase medical marijuana?

The cardholder or designated caregiver can purchase medical marijuana from a certified dispensary.

Are there any purchasing restrictions for age-restricted cardholders?

Yes, age-restricted cardholders (those under 18 years old) must have a designated caregiver to purchase medical marijuana from a certified dispensary, and additional purchasing restrictions may apply.

What should a patient do if they need a certification renewal or follow-up appointment?

Patients should obtain certification renewals and schedule any follow-up appointments through Rapid Referrals.

How does a patient or caregiver start the application process with the Department of Health (DOH)?

The process begins immediately after the certification appointment. Before leaving, the patient or designated caregiver receives instructions to create an account online and complete the application with the DOH, including the payment of the state fee.

What relief can patients expect from using medical marijuana?

Patients can expect relief from their qualifying medical conditions as per the certification provided by a Rapid Referrals physician. The effectiveness and specific relief can vary based on the condition and individual patient response.

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