For Sioux Falls business, 2021 was summed up by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the economic recovery surrounding it, Amazon and other major businesses coming to the city and big moves for major Sioux Falls companies.

The new year will only expand on those storylines using the lessons learned from the past year as Sioux Falls continues to grow and change.

From marijuana to metro area growth to continued workforce shortages, here is a look at just five stories we’ll be following in the new year.

Medical marijuana enters the market

Five businesses have been chosen to sell medical cannabis in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County is still reviewing four applications for its first and only marijuana dispensary and Lincoln County is reviewing one business’s application for a license to manufacture, grow and dispense marijuana.

But there’s plenty more work to be done before dispensaries can begin selling. And for those that need a conditional use permit, the public will have a chance to share their thoughts as well.