How to Work In Cannabis

Requirements by State

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Politics, budgets, and public support vary widely by state, which means each state’s requirements to work in the cannabis industry look completely different from one another.* This map and corresponding state information is not updated in real time. For up-to-the-minute information on requirements to work in cannabis, visit the governing body links provided on each state page.

17States & DistrictsAdult use cannabis is legal
21States & DistrictsMedical cannabis is legal

How to get your cannabis license in:

Shape of South Dakota

South Dakota

Adult Use:
Market Overview:

In November 2020, South Dakota voters approved an initiative and Constitutional amendment that would have opened up the medical and adult-use markets. After a challenge from South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, the state Supreme Court made a ruling that hung on a technicality — and only the medical market went into effect, with the first dispensaries opening in 2021.

Voters voted down adult-use legislation in November 2022.

There is already a healthy medical cannabis market in South Dakota, with scores of licensed dispensaries, manufacturing facilities, and cultivators. The state had 3,768 approved patient cards as of Oct. 13, 2022.

Requirements & Application Process:

Plant-touching cannabis workers in South Dakota are called Medical Cannabis Establishment Agents. There are currently no official forms or licenses for workers in the South Dakota cannabis industry.

In order to become an agent, these are the requirements:

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Pass a background check

Employers are required to create an identification badge for each agent

Background Check Requirements:

Each medical cannabis establishment is required to conduct a background check of every employee. They must deny you employment if you were convicted of a disqualifying felony offense.

A "disqualifying felony offense" is defined as a violent crime that was classified as a felony in the jurisdiction where the person was convicted.

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Additional Job & Salary Information:

2020 Salary Guide

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