Medical Cannabis in South Dakota

Request for Proposal

July 12, 2021 - The South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) and the South Dakota Department of Revenue (SD-DOR) jointly issued a request for proposal (RFP) (ID #2439) for a cannabis seed to sale tracking system to be used to support the final implementation of the South Dakota medical cannabis program.

The cannabis tracking system will be used to track cannabis plants and products from the cultivation of the individual cannabis plants to the eventual dispensary sale to an authorized medical cannabis consumer. This system securely identifies the specific cannabis plants used for a manufacturing process that creates cannabis products. By design, a cannabis tracking system enables consumer product recalls for cannabis products that are later determined as not safe for consumption or use. In addition to protecting the public, this system also helps the state prevent the illegal diversion of cannabis or cannabis products into the black market.

The deadline to reply to the RFP is 5:00 PM CT on August 23, 2021.

Questions about RFP (ID#2439) may be sent to Sakura Rohleder via email at

April 26, 2021 - The South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) issued a request for proposal (RFP) (ID #2357) for a statewide patient registry, verification and licensing system to be used in the implementation of the medical cannabis program.

Pursuant to South Dakota Codified Law 34-20G, the SD-DOH is responsible for implementing a secure web-based patient verification system by October 29, 2021, and a patient registry system by November 18, 2021. These systems are necessary to ensure that patients and caregivers can be accurately identified, and to ensure that only verified patients and caregivers have access to medical cannabis.

The patient verification system will also ensure that South Dakota law enforcement officials have the necessary tools to accurately identify medical cannabis patients/caregivers they may encounter. Additionally, a state licensing system will be used to accept applications for medical cannabis establishments and will facilitate multi-jurisdictional collaboration in compliance with state law.

The State will consider solutions hosted by the State or the vendor. If a vendor chooses to provide responses for each solution, they should submit separate proposals.

RFP (ID #2357) questions may be sent to Sakura Rohleder via email to: