SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – Almost three years after South Dakota voters voted to legalize medical marijuana in the state, dispensaries continue to pop up, statewide. In fact, Yankton has six dispensaries, North Sioux City has two, and now Vermillion has three. The latest dispensary, in Vermillion, had its grand opening Monday.
Jim Belushi is a comedian and actor. Now, he’s added cannabis farmer to his resume. His business, Belushi’s Farm, partnered with Dakota Herb to open another medical marijuana dispensary in Vermillion, South Dakota. He did it because, he says, each member involved has the same purpose in mind… to help those that are addicted and want to live a happier life.
“I’ll do whatever it takes to legalize cannabis for adult use, I just think it’s a safer way to live,” said Belushi. “I’ve just seen what drugs have done to my own family, my brother died of a drug overdose, I’ve seen what alcohol has done to blow up families. I mean addiction creeps into a family like a snake.”
In November 2020, South Dakota voters passed Initiated Measure 26, which approved the sale of medical marijuana in the state. Since then, the number of patients approved for use has grown.