g a medical marijuana grow facility in the industrial park on the east edge of Colman.
South Dakota Cannabis Company is under construction with an expected completion of mid-October. The company is owned by five investors who were friends at Dakota State University.
The grow facility will be 12,000 square feet in a 100 by 120-foot building. It will include a lab so the company can extract cannabis for a variety of products. It will have 84 grow lights.
South Dakota Cannabis will be a wholesale provider of products and won’t have a dispensary on site, said Logan Denning, one of the owners.
“We will sell to the dispensaries. We’ll bring our product to them,” he said.
The company will need a state permit before it can start growing any cannabis. Those are not available yet.
Denning said the company hopes to have product first available in February or March.
The group had wanted to invest in a business together and believe in medical marijuana, he said.
“That’s what we believe in. That’s our goal is to help people,” he said. “We view it as a perfect opportunity to get into something together and something we could do to help our areas.”
Colman seemed liked a good location to start the project, he said.
The group is relying on a consultant and the latest technology to make the business successful.
The company will create seven jobs to start and will hire temporary workers as needed to help with the plants.
“Hopefully, we can bring some more jobs into town,” Denning said. Denning, who lives in Corsica, is in the transportation business. The others work in retail and oil companies.
The only other grow facility in the county is the one operated in Flandreau by the Santee Sioux Tribe.