Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana

Conditions that Qualify for A Medical Marijuana Card in South Dakota

The list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in South Dakota is clear.  Patients must have one of the following conditions and receive certification from a certified and licensed provider, must be at least 18 years old, and a South Dakota resident.

Cachexia often causes severe weight loss without any effort on the patient’s part. This is why people sometimes refer to cachexia as the ‘wasting syndrome’.  The majority of cannabis users are using it to treat chronic, severe or intractable pain. People with Epilepsy or other seizure disorders often have a hard time finding a medication that reduces their seizures, or they’re resistant to the traditional medicine prescribed by doctors. To see the full range of qualifying conditions view the list below. If you want to get your medical marijuana card in South Dakota, give us a call today!

Qualifying Conditions For South Dakota Medical Marijuana (Cannabis) Cards

The program provides access to dispensaries and medical cannabis (marijuana) for patients with qualifying medical conditions

  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Nausea
  • Cancer, including remission therapy
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Spasticity
  • Chronic, Severe Pain (from any condition)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intractable Seizures
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Dementia
  • Anorexia/Loss of Appetite
  • Movement Disorders
  • PTSD
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What are the qualifying conditions for a medical marijuana card In South Dakota?

Medical marijuana (cannabis) is a valuable aid in the treatment of a wide range of conditions that qualify patients for a medical card in South Dakota. These include pain relief (especially neuropathic pain), nausea, spasticity, glaucoma, and movement disorders. It is also a powerful appetite stimulant, specifically for patients suffering from chronic nausea, HIV, cancer, or dementia.  Additionally, medical marijuana is an effective stress reliever, so can be used for the treatment of mood disorders, including PTSD.  Nationwide, chronic pain, from any condition, is the most common reason for medical marijuana use. 

What kinds of medical marijuana are available?

Medical marijuana (cannabis) can be used in many preparations, from topicals, to tinctures, capsules, oils, various edible products as well as vape cartridges and smoked flower.

How to get a South Dakota medical marijuana card?

Patients must meet with a qualified medical provider in-person for a review of their medical condition(s) and records (if available) to determine if they qualify for the South Dakota Medical Cannabis Program. At Rapid Referrals, we perform this evaluation. If a qualifying condition is confirmed, the Rapid Referrals provider will create a patient account on the  South Dakota Medical Cannabis Program Patient Registry Portal – only medically certified patients are given access to the portal. The fee for the medical professional service at Rapid Referrals is only charged if the patient is certified as having a qualifying medical condition. Once certified by the provider online, the patient will immediately receive a temporary password by email from the state inviting them to create their unique login credentials and then to complete their portion of the online application, which includes uploading photos of their ID, a selfie pic, and any other additional documents if additional permissions are requested (e.g., permission to cultivate, low-income discount, caregiver applications, etc.). At Rapid Referrals, we offer full technical support for this part of the process as well. The state charges $75 annually for the card. Once approved by the state, the card will be mailed to the patient after which time the patient may then shop at qualified dispensaries. 

How often do South Dakota medical marijuana cards need to be renewed?

South Dakota law requires that medical marijuana (cannabis) certifications must be renewed annually. All renewal certifications must also be performed in-person.

What do I need to bring to my doctor's appointment for a South Dakota medical marijuana card evaluation at Rapid Referrals?

Medical records are not required at Rapid Referrals, but all patients must complete a medical history form upon arrival before meeting with the doctor. Fee for the 12-month medical certification for a new patient is $199 and for returning Rapid Referrals patients is $179. The state charges an additional $75 to complete your online application, renewals included. You will need a valid picture ID (Driver’s license, Passport, State ID) and an active email account that you must be able open on your smartphone while at the appointment. A South Dakota mailing address is all that’s required to prove residency. Caregivers must come with the patient and must have a unique email account. Patients under the age of 18 are welcome but must bring a legal guardian/parent, each with their own email account. Payment (by card or cash) for professional services is rendered at the time of the medical certification. Payment for the state fee is paid (online by card or PayPal) upon completion of the online application before the appointment ends.

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