ABERDEEN, S.D. (Dakota News Now) – While Genesis Farms received permits to open three locations in Aberdeen, the company decided to only bring one store to the Hub City after seeing the current number of approved patient cards in the state.
In total, Genesis Farms plans to open nine medical cannabis dispensaries across South Dakota. Their first store opened its doors in Aberdeen on Tuesday.
The store on northwest 5th Avenue wasn’t intended to be the only Genesis Farms location in the Hub City, but Operations Manager Emmett Reistroffer said the number of permit cards in the state wasn’t expected either.
“Ultimately, we wanted to be prepared to serve a larger amount of patients. Just where the patient cards are at now, we’ve decided just to focus on one store so we can really deliver on quality,” said Reistroffer.
As of June 12th, the number of approved medical cannabis patient cards in South Dakota was 10,404.
In March, the South Dakota State Legislature passed SB 1, which adds eight medical conditions to a list of qualifications for medical cannabis coverage. Reistroffer says he thinks this could double the amount of patient cardholders in the state.
“Based on the list of approved conditions in South Dakota, I