Lincoln County licenses 2 more companies to operate medical marijuana facility

Two other companies have been licensed by Lincoln County to manufacture, test, grow and sell medical marijuana.

The Lincoln County Commission unanimously approved two medical marijuana license applications at Tuesday’s meeting, marking the second and third licenses the county has issued in the five months since North Dakota was Sud has legalized the use of cannabis for medical purposes.

Public hearings were held for Dakota Herb LLC and 605 Cannabis LLC at the meeting.

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According to county ordinances, the Lincoln County license authorizes the operation of one of each: cannabis product manufacturing facility, cannabis testing facility, cultivation facility, and cannabis dispensary as long as all facilities reside in the same location.

Applicants must obtain county permits and the current state registration certificate issued by the South Dakota Department of Health, and pay a $50,000 application fee to the county.

William Golden, chief civil assistant in the county state’s attorney’s office, told the five-member panel during the hearings that both applications had passed background checks and application requirements in accordance with county orders.

Brandon resident Dalton Grimmius said Dakota Herb LLC’s goal is to start a grow operation outside of Tea in an industrial area that will house a dispensary and manufacturing sector.

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Sioux Falls resident Ned Horsted, who represented 605 Cannabis LLC, explained his business plans to construct a 35,000 square foot building that would be a cultivation facility, product manufacturing facility, and on-site dispensary.

“It would be right off I-29 Exit 18,” Horsted said during the hearing. “I had a good meeting with the sheriff a few weeks ago. He had no problem with our security plan or anything I presented to him.”

Email human rights journalist Nicole Ki at nki@argusleader.com or follow her on Twitter at @_nicoleki.

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