Commission approves first medicinal cannabis growing license in county


HURON — MJs Cannabis became the first recipient of a medicinal marijuana operating permit in Beadle County on Tuesday, as commissioners unanimously approved the rural Wolsey business’s application.

Representatives of MJs Cannabis presented their business plan to the commission, in which they establish their business as a grow/manufacture facility, not a dispensary.

The intention will be to contract with dispensaries throughout the state once the facility is viable and producing crops.

The intention of MJs is to build a new building on a site northeast of Wolsey, so the building will have all state specifications for security built in upon completion.

The commission unanimously approved the facility’s request for a permit, the first that has been issued in the county. Beadle County commissioners set the limit at two grow, manufacture, or dispensary facility permits available within the county.

The city of Huron has four permits available, while the joint jurisdiction area between the city and county has two additional permits available as well. Three of the city’s four available permits have been granted.

The commission also talked with the Register of Deeds office about a potential additional employee as current director Barb O’Riley will be out of the office in October for an extended time before turning over the office to recently-elected Judy Rodacker. The commission took the discussion under advisement at the time.

Commissioners approved a supplemental budget hearing to create and fund a building fund for the highway department building.

A variance request was approved to re-plot property of Butch Spain’s to allow for potential sale of the property.

The next meeting of the commission will be Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 9 a.m. in the commission room on the second floor of the county courthouse.

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