South Dakota Medical Cannabis


Medical cannabis can be a safe and effective treatment option for many patients who have a qualifying condition. 

At Timewise Medical, we believe in applying the best solutions to the real problems that our patients face. For many patients with qualifying conditions, medical cannabis is the right choice.

What is Timewise Medical's background in treating patients with medical cannabis in South Dakota?

While our practice in South Dakota is newer, we have been treating patients in the state of Minnesota with medical marijuana since 2014 when the Medical Marijuana Program was created. Since that time we have become a leading marijuana patient card certification clinic in Minnesota and we provide the same level of excellent care for our patients in South Dakota. We follow the guidelines established by the South Dakota Department of Health for patients, caregivers and manufacturers to ensure positive health outcomes and safety.

How do I find out if medical marijuana is the right treatment for me?

We are committed to empowering those in need to navigate the process of receiving medical marijuana in a safe and private manner. As a patient of Dr. Adam Locketz you will learn about the process for receiving Medical Cannabis in South Dakota. The first step is to make an appointment at our clinic location.

Patients can NOT start the medical cannabis application process in South Dakota until they have completed an in-person physical exam and their physician has created a patient certification via the portal.




Who Qualifies for Medical Cannabis in South Dakota?

Under the law passed in South Dakota, a condition that allows a patient to use medical cannabis must be a "debilitating medical condition," which is defined by SDCL 34-20G-1 as a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following:

  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Severe, debilitating pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis

Overview of the South Dakota Medical Cannabis Program

  • TimeWise Medical assesses your qualifying condition

    Schedule an appointment with Timewise Medical to begin the application process. Find a list of our clinic locations here.

  • Dr. Locketz & TimeWise Medical certifies your condition

    A determination is made by the Dr. Locketz whether you would benefit from the therapeutic or palliative use of medical cannabis for your qualifying condition. If yes, a medical certification is issued through the on-line portal for the you. Timewise Medical will create an account at to provide written certifications.

  • SD Dept. of Health Approval

    Upon certification by Dr. Locketz, you will receive an email to continue the process by completing your account at

  • Medical Cannabis may now be obtained.

    Once you receive SD DOH approval, a medical cannabis card will be mailed to the you. The cardholder may then purchase cannabis from a certified dispensary. In South Dakota, dispensaries, not pharmacies, sell cannabis. Medical certification is not a prescription.

Compensation judge indicates – “The preponderance of the evidence shows that this Compensation Judge has the authority to order reimbursement of the employees payments and costs associated with his Medical Cannabis prescription”

DANIEL BIERBACH, Employee/Respondent, v. DIGGER’S POLARIS and STATE AUTO/UNITED FIRE & CAS. GRP., Employer-Insurer/Appellants. WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COURT OF APPEALS NOVEMBER 10, 2020 WC19-6314 JURISDICTION – SUBJECT MATTER. The compensation judge had subject matter jurisdiction under Minnesota law to determine whether the employee was entitled to reimbursement for medical cannabis. This court declines to rule on…

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