Minnehaha County & City of Sioux Falls officials looking to limit Medical Marijuana distribution

Minnehaha County Commissioner Jeff Barth informed me yesterday that Sioux Falls City Councilor Neitzert, Mayor TenHaken, Minnehaha County States attorney Dan Haggar and Sioux Falls City Attorney Stacy Kooistra have been cooking up a proposal with the help of the Municipal League to ask the Minnehaha County Commission to put a Moratorium on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries until after January 1, 2022.

They do have some fair arguments. First off the July 1st implementation of the law is quickly approaching and the city and county has yet to set up licensing fees and licenses for these establishments. So instead of having secret meetings, how about trying public meetings to get the job done?!

While it is fair to say that they can ask for a small delay, those delays are usually only good for 30 days.

Barth told me he would NOT vote for it if it did get on the agenda and also told me he trying to make sure it is not done in the dark of the night in an executive session.

The biggest issue with this is that we have known since November that this is legal and the Governor’s office and legislature farted around way too long.

They need to get it in high gear and figure out how it will be regulated by the state, ASAP, and the county and city need to move fast and determine the licensing instead of having secret meetings about how they want to delay this.

What baffles me is that Medical and even Recreational is inevitable, and instead of dragging our feet we must act as elected officials to make sure this is implemented July 1st because of the will of the voters.

Hopefully we will hear more about this idiotic move in the coming week. I do know that Barth has been talking with both TV stations about the issue.


#1 D@ily Spin on 05.01.21 at 4:02 pm

How about like pot smoking in Amsterdam but inside lottery casinos instead of coffee shops? They’re not near schools or residential. Then, must be 21 to enter. Also, cultivation on Indian Reservations only. New ag industry could reduce poverty there.

#2 D@ily Spin on 05.01.21 at 4:05 pm

The usual; if it’s a good idea and government didn’t think of it, NOT GONNA HAPPEN.

#3 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 05.01.21 at 5:32 pm

Barth should run against Noem. I don’t know if he has ever been on a horse, but he has been on an ostrich before.

#4 Very Stable Genius on 05.01.21 at 5:37 pm

Shouldn’t all of the people in pain be clamoring for leadership on this issue?

#5 D@ily Spin on 05.01.21 at 8:01 pm

I’m not smokin’ about this but I want pot brownies.

#6 rufusx on 05.02.21 at 9:08 am

Qristi the Gnome leads only down one path – resisting the will of the people – also known as exhibiting a criminal mind. SD state motto, under God, the PEOPLE RULE. The gnome must know it is NOT a God – but merely a gnome.

#7 Very Stable Genius on 05.02.21 at 5:16 pm

If you remember right, Qristi the Gnome has many speeding tickets and attempt of court citations on her rap sheet as well.