BROOKINGS – The Brookings City Council approved an application by Déjà vu SD to open a medical cannabis dispensary at 604 First Ave. and amended its contract with City Manager Paul Briseno.

Council votes Tuesday on both items were unanimous.

Medical cannabis dispensary

City Clerk Bonnie Foster explained that a medical cannabis application had been submitted by Déjà vu SD from Sheraz Warraich and Amar Warraich, and they hold a purchasing agreement for the property in question.

Councilor Joey Collins asked about the procedure and whether the application had gone to the state for its approval.

City Attorney Steve Britzman said it hadn’t yet.

Sheraz Warraich was available by Zoom and said once the city approves the application, it will go to the state.

“The state developed a certification document which would indicate that the license has been approved locally,” Britzman said.

Councilor Wayne Avery asked Britzman if the state had started to issue medical cannabis cards. 

“There have been a few; I think one West River … was issued as the first one,” Britzman said. 

Avery asked if there were any restrictions on where the medical marijuana comes from, if it has to come from inside South Dakota.

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