SD House passes bill requiring medical pot consultations in a medical facility

Consultations with a doctor to obtain a medical marijuana card would have to take place in medical facilities under a bill passed by the South Dakota House Thursday.

HB 1172 aims to stop so-called “pop-up clinics” held in hotel rooms and other locations.

Republican Represetnative Fred Deutsch of Florence says the bill is necessary to protect patients. Deutsch alleges that “pop-up clinics” have been held in bars, strip clubs, and hotel rooms.

Currently, the bill does not address how the home-bound could obtain medical cannabis.

Deutsch says the Senate will offer an amendment to provide for that.

The measure passed 47 to 21 and moves on to the Senate.


February 10, 2023