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Sioux Falls City Council has appointed two people to a joint task force to create medical marijuana orders for the city and counties of Minnehaha and Lincoln.

The motion, which was approved 7-0 at Tuesday’s council meeting, named Councilor Greg Neitzert to the task force, as well as Erica Beck, chief of staff to Mayor Paul TenHaken.

Their counterparts on the task force would be Minnehaha County Commissioners Cindy Heiberger and Gerald Beninga, and Lincoln County Commissioners Jim Schmidt and Tiffani Landeen. The two committees voted to appoint members to the working group on May 25 and are expected to deliver their findings by July 31.

After: Sioux Falls and Minnehaha officials continue to make slow progress on the regulation of medical marijuana

Measure 26 initiated will take effect on July 1, making medical marijuana legal throughout the state of South Dakota. But the South Dakota Department of Health has until Oct. 29 to promulgate rules and regulations regarding its use, growth, sale and more.

Presentations to the three bodies and discussions between them largely focused on concerns that any decision made by the city or counties before state rules could nullify them or even become a wasted investment by a busy entrepreneur. hope.

This point of view is not, however, unanimous. Minnehaha County Commissioner Jeff Barth and Councilor Pat Starr have expressed frustration that the process continues to drag on.

It is not known when or how often the task force will meet, although city prosecutor Stacy Kooistra has said it will be a publicly notified meeting.

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