Jenny Bloom

November 17, 2020

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Growing Marijuana In South Dakota

South Dakota has very strict marijuana laws, but this will soon end. In November 2020, voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing recreational marijuana and passed Initiative 26 legalizing medical marijuana. They’re also planning to create a dedicated hemp program. Unfortunately, none of this begins until July 2021.

Currently, small amounts of marijuana are illegal. Even possessing fewer than 2 ounces can lead to a year in jail. There are no laws on growing marijuana, but growing is treated like possession if there are only a few plants. Therefore, if you plan to do anything with marijuana prior to July, you must be discrete.

Growing in South Dakota

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South Dakota approved recreational and medical growing starting in July 2021. Adults 21 and older can grow up to three plants, with a maximum of six plants per household. Medical users have no limit on the number of plants that they can grow.

Recreational dispensaries are planned, however, many believe they will not be operational until the middle or late 2022. That means, for the second half of 2021, the only way you can access legal marijuana in South Dakota, is if you grow it yourself.

If you’d like to get started, or simply plan ahead, here’s what you should do:

  1. Download and read the free Marijuana Grow Bible. The Marijuana Grow Bible explains the best way to grow marijuana discretely.  It also details a variety of indoor lighting setups as well as tips on maintaining your plants and harvesting them.
  2. Purchase a few high-quality marijuana seeds. Remember, you don’t need to grow a lot of plants to get a lot of weed. When you use high-quality seeds, your plants can yield potent buds that don’t compare to the low-quality stuff you may get from a dealer. Plus, growing your own plants lets you control what goes into your plants, and also lets you create delicious edibles out of homemade marijuana butter.
  3. Plant and harvest your seeds. Using the tips and guidelines in the Marijuana Grow Bible, you can learn how to grow your marijuana plants and when and how to harvest them. By reading my free guide from the front to the back, you’ll be able to grow weed in South Dakota like an expert in no time.

Native American Laws

There aren’t a lot of people in South Dakota, especially on the western part of the state. It is mostly a grasslands state- perfect for growing weed.  South Dakota also has a large Native American population. They have a reservation on the western side of the state. Native American reservations are able to set their own marijuana laws, regardless of the law in the state (check this wiki page). 

The rural state of South Dakota may not be the ideal place to grow marijuana, but it can be done. By simply following the steps in the Marijuana Grow Bible, as well as purchasing high-quality seeds, anyone can grow the best marijuana in the Great Plains.

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Marijuana legislation can be complicated, but Jenny Bloom is always up for the task. Although not a lawyer, her experience as a reporter and PR specialist helps her understand legalese – especially when it relates to growing marijuana. A passionate supporter of legalization and home... [read more]


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  1. By Dale Erickson ,10 Nov 2016
    Here in Arkansas we will not be able to grow our own medicine. It's against the law. We will be forced to buy from a system that is run by the liquor commission. In Illinois it is a most corrupt […]Read More

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