City council addresses cannabis ordinances for Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. — City council approved the number and zoning of cannabis dispensaries the evening of September 20.

Zoning Ordinance Map 515 dispensaries will be built in the city, one for every 5,000 residents. This rule will go into effect on October 2.

Applications for dispensaries is the next step for potential businesses. People can start submitting them on October 4.

Rapid City Communications Coordinator Darrell Shoemaker is assuring anyone expressing interest that the applications are not just for the first 15 businesses.

Each business to apply will have the chance to be reviewed fairly.

“We want to make sure that people know they don’t have to necessarily be lined up at our door on October 4 to get that application process going,” Shoemaker stated.

The city says they are expecting around 30-50 applications.

Once the application is complete, potential businesses should expect a 90-day reviewing period after.


The zoning ordinance is currently still pending. Monday night was its first approval, and still needs to reviewed once more before being fully passed.

It states that dispensaries must be at least 1,000 feet away from a school and 500 feet from churches, parks, or any other property deemed residential.

While much of Rapid City has many residential properties in the area, Shoemaker assures that there is space for these businesses.

“When they look at the map, quite a bit of rapid city’s footprint, you’re going to find an area where there’s a park, there’s a childcare center, there’s a school. Those particular areas. In more areas than not, they’re not going to be allowed,” he explained. “But we do have slivers of areas where they can be permitted.”

Maps are currently available online to give businesses an idea of where they would be able to set up.

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