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DENVER, Sept. 20, 2022 – PRESS RELEASE – Flowhub, the leading cannabis software company for dispensaries, announced the launch of Maui (Flowhub Maui), a revolutionary new product offering underpinned by over eight years of national industry expertise. Maui is an intuitive, flexible, and performant solution focused on helping cannabis retailers increase profits, operate more efficiently, and create superior customer experiences. Based on benchmark data from live customers, the platform’s brand new backend architecture is more than 20 times faster than Flowhub’s legacy application, allowing dispensaries to accelerate growth and increase transaction volume.

“Many assume the plant sells itself, but it’s not so simple for legal cannabis retailers. The industry remains a highly regulated environment with an influx of challenges and increasing competition. So far technology providers have struggled to keep up with today’s dispensary needs and consumer expectations,” said Kyle Sherman, founder and CEO of Flowhub. “With Maui, Flowhub gives full control back to dispensaries. We’ve taken diligent customer feedback to deliver a cutting-edge, mobile-first operating system primed for this multibillion-dollar industry. We’re here to power the upcoming explosion of innovative retail experiences that sustain healthy cannabis businesses and keep customers returning for more.”

Maui was created with the core belief that cannabis point-of-sale (POS) systems should be dynamic enough to accommodate any kind of customer experience a retailer wants to offer while remaining compliant at all times. Unlike other POS companies in the space, Flowhub Maui is an open, highly configurable system that allows businesses to easily integrate a custom tech stack on their choice of hardware, whether that’s iPads, Macs, or PCs. Dispensaries can set up their stores to match a growing diversity of retail environments and feel confident in the ownership, security, and accuracy of their data. This flexibility is essential for dispensaries to build competitive brands and execute frictionless operations.

Notable benefits of Maui include:

Maui will be available in all active Flowhub markets, including the company’s recently entered markets, New Jersey, West Virginia and South Dakota.

“Flowhub Maui is by far the best cannabis retail platform available,” said Jaclyn Enlow, head of operations for Chesapeake Apothecary in Maryland. “We were up and running so quickly. The team at Flowhub is fantastic, but they haven’t had to support us too much because the product is intuitive and does what we need it to do. It worked with my existing hardware, so it was dead simple to go live. It took days instead of weeks to train and implement even when moving from another platform.”

“Flowhub has been supporting cannabis retailers since the beginning and with Maui it shows. They have used their experience to make the application intuitive and easy to use, and we were blown away by how quickly Flowhub was able to have us ready for compliant cannabis retail in South Dakota,” said Kittrick Jeffries, CEO/co-owner of Puffy’s Dispensary. “We opened our first of 11 dispensaries, and Maui makes it that much easier. Maui eliminates redundancy and streamlines the process to get cannabis to our customers/patients as fast as we can.”

Maui arrives on the heels of Flowhub’s $19 million strategic fundraise in 2021, led by venture firms Headline and Poseidon, and a personal investment from world-renowned rapper, entrepreneur and entertainment mogul Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. To date, the company has raised nearly $50 million in capital, bringing the company’s valuation to over $200 million.

Flowhub has continued its commitment to building a sustainable, inclusive future through legalization advocacy efforts, partner relationships, and social responsibility. Since launching in June 2021, Flowhub’s Social Equity Program has granted over $4 million in software awards to support underrepresented dispensary entrepreneurs from a diversity of backgrounds, particularly those who have previously been involved in a marijuana conviction. Flowhub also has an open API framework connecting to over 50 integration partners spanning ecommerce, ERP, data analytics, CRM and more across its app ecosystem.

With the launch of Maui and new leadership hires, including Chief Operating Officer Leandre Johns, Vice President of Customer Operations Sheila Lavender, Vice President of Product Matt Tharp, and Vice President of Engineering Kris Cicarelli, the company is well poised to accelerate expansion into emerging markets, further develop its dynamic product line and grow its social equity program, to enable a future where cannabis is accessible to every adult on planet Earth.

Original Article

Medical marijuana ID cardholders in the Black Hills now have a place to buy cannabis.

Puffy’s Dispensary on Thursday will open the first of 11 planned locations in the Rapid City and surrounding areas. The 2120 W. Main St. location marks the first licensed pot dispensary to begin operations west of the Missouri River.

A year since medical cannabis became legal in South Dakota, bureaucratic red tape and supply chain shortages continue to delay the opening of dozens of dispensaries and grow facilities across the state.

But one eastern South Dakota Native American tribe has managed to standup a seed-to-sale cannabis operation that’s already bringing tens of millions to the Moody County reservation.

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe (FSST) in 2015 legalized marijuana with a vision of becoming a leader in the nation’s budding cannabis industry. And after a few hiccups and snags along the way, a vote among all South Dakotans to legalize medical cannabis in their state emboldened the tribe to become the leading — and still the only — marijuana distributor in the Mount Rushmore State.

“It’s well over $10 million by now with the buildings and everything we’ve bought,” FSST tribal spokesman Seth Pearman said of how much the tribe has invested in developing it’s own Native Nation Cannabis, LLC.

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The tribe’s cannabis operations consists of a dispensary, multiple mass-grow facilities, a product manufacturing plant, a chemistry lab and a full-scale bakery all housed on the edge of reservation land about 45 miles north of Sioux Falls.

1 year ago:Flandreau tribe’s cannabis outfit has 10,000 plants, expected to generate $1M a month

And since the very first cannabis sales on July 1, 2021, the growers, testers, trimmers, joint rollers and cashiers who all work for Native Nations Cannabis haven’t seen any slow down.

Native Nations Cannabis COO Jonathan Hunt told the Argus Leader during a tour of the tribe’s cannabis campus this week the company has found it difficult to keep up with the demand of the more than 11,000 medical marijuana patients in the tribe’s medical program.

A grow facility with a constant cycle of 10,000 cannabis plants, which get used for everything from traditional flower buds to oils and edibles, hasn’t been enough to keep up with the 350 to 500 customers who walk through their doors each day, he said, adding the 100,000-plus transactions they’ve had average between $130 and $180 each.

That’s forced the company to put purchase limits in place. For instance, each customer is entitled to purchase up to only 1/8th of an ounce of flowered marijuana each day. 

And even with two more grow facilities currently under construction and scheduled to come online in the coming months, demand is still expected to exceed supply, said David Kills-A-Hundred, a Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe member and marketing director for the cannabis company. 

A year since medical cannabis became legal in South Dakota, bureaucratic red tape and supply chain shortages continue to delay the opening of dozens of dispensaries and grow facilities across the state.

But one eastern South Dakota Native American tribe has managed to standup a seed-to-sale cannabis operation that’s already bringing tens of millions to the Moody County reservation.

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe (FSST) in 2015 legalized marijuana with a vision of becoming a leader in the nation’s budding cannabis industry. And after a few hiccups and snags along the way, a vote among all South Dakotans to legalize medical cannabis in their state emboldened the tribe to become the leading — and still the only — marijuana distributor in the Mount Rushmore State.

“It’s well over $10 million by now with the buildings and everything we’ve bought,” FSST tribal spokesman Seth Pearman said of how much the tribe has invested in developing it’s own Native Nation Cannabis, LLC.

More:Amendment C is unrelated to marijuana. Here’s why legal cannabis proponents are attacking it.

A series of cannabis plants, of the Durban Poison strain, grow at Native Nations Cannabis on Monday, June 27, 2022, in Flandreau. This particular strain is called a landrace strain, meaning it hasn't been modified from how the plant was originally found in its native habitat.

The tribe’s cannabis operations consists of a dispensary, multiple mass-grow facilities, a product manufacturing plant, a chemistry lab and a full-scale bakery all housed on the edge of reservation land about 45 miles north of Sioux Falls.

1 year ago:Flandreau tribe’s cannabis outfit has 10,000 plants, expected to generate $1M a month

And since the very first cannabis sales on July 1, 2021, the growers, testers, trimmers, joint rollers and cashiers who all work for Native Nations Cannabis haven’t seen any slow down.

Native Nations Cannabis COO Jonathan Hunt told the Argus Leader during a tour of the tribe’s cannabis campus this week the company has found it difficult to keep up with the demand of the more than 11,000 medical marijuana patients in the tribe’s medical program.

A grow facility with a constant cycle of 10,000 cannabis plants, which get used for everything from traditional flower buds to oils and edibles, hasn’t been enough to keep up with the 350 to 500 customers who walk through their doors each day, he said, adding the 100,000-plus transactions they’ve had average between $130 and $180 each.

That’s forced the company to put purchase limits in place. For instance, each customer is entitled to purchase up to only 1/8th of an ounce of flowered marijuana each day. 

Everett Keble, U.S. Army veteran, selects cannabis products to purchase at the Native Nations Cannabis dispensary on Monday, June 27, 2022, in Flandreau.

And even with two more grow facilities currently under construction and scheduled to come online in the coming months, demand is still expected to exceed supply, said David Kills-A-Hundred, a Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe member and marketing director for the cannabis company. 

“We’ll re-evaluate, but I’m of the opinion that it will never be enough,” he said.

More:South Dakota marijuana legalization heads back to ballot in November 2022 election

What’s not guaranteed?

That’s partly because Native Nations Cannabis, operating independently of the state of South Dakota’s medical program, is still the only company in the entire state engaging in personal-use marijuana sales.

While some cultivation facilities licensed by the Department of Health are coming online and beginning to grow crops, a more burdensome regulatory climate for non-tribal cannabis operations has slowed their entry into the marijuana market.

The future home of a 605 Cannabis dispensary stands on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in Worthing, SD.

And while the law took effect July 1, 2021, rules and regulations that came with it have more than 100 marijuana businesses licensed by the Department of Health still working toward harvesting, processing and, eventually, selling cannabis products.

“We’re trying to open as early as August, but that’s not a guarantee,” said Kittrick Jeffries, owner of a Rapid City-based cannabis firm called Puffy’s licensed to operate 10 dispensaries across the Black Hills. 

Driving the delays are both bureaucratic red tape at the local and state level as well as supply chain shortages that have disrupted the world economy since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020. 

Jeffries and other cannabis-related licenses holders across the state point to the statutory and regulatory timelines passed both within 2020’s Initiated Measure 26 and rules created by the DOH and approved by state legislators. 

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What is the red tape for the rest of the state?

To begin with, the Department of Health had until November 2021 to begin accepting applications for licenses from aspiring cannabis cultivators, operators and growers, and then 90 days to either certify or reject an application.

And with a requirement that all products sold in South Dakota dispensaries be supplied with cannabis grown here by a state-licensed cultivator, and a 130-day cycle from seed to sales, Jeffries said the most optimistic timelines always had the first dispensaries opening no sooner than summer 2022.

Brandon Trauger, extraction manager, checks on the VTA distillation plant in the chemical lab at Native Nations Cannabis on Monday, June 27, 2022, in Flandreau. The distiller extracts THC.

Cultivators and manufacturers, who will supply products to dispensaries, are also finding many of the mechanical components needed to operate are backlogged, with projected delivery of items like electrical energy transformers and heating and cooling units as far out as 10 months. 

“It’s even things like receipt printers that are tough right now,” Jeffries said.

But with nearly 1,200 state cards issued, and 25 DOH-certified cultivation facilities working to begin supplying South Dakota’s 70 licensed dispensaries, it’s only a matter of time.

More:South Dakota could see its first hemp processing plant by fall 2022

“I’d say give it until April next year,” he said. “Once everybody comes online, there will be a steady flow.”

The Department of Health did not accommodate an interview request for this article.

More: South Dakota marijuana legalization heads back to ballot in November 2022 election

What’s not guaranteed?

That’s partly because Native Nations Cannabis, operating independently of the state of South Dakota’s medical program, is still the only company in the entire state engaging in personal-use marijuana sales.

While some cultivation facilities licensed by the Department of Health are coming online and beginning to grow crops, a more burdensome regulatory climate for non-tribal cannabis operations has slowed their entry into the marijuana market.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KELO) — Kittrick Jeffries got into the cannabis industry around 7-years ago after his mom was diagnosed with cancer. Now, he’s in the process of bringing his first dispensary to Rapid City.

“I was born and raised here in Rapid City. I graduated from Stevens and went to Black Hills State University,” Jeffries told KELOLAND News. “My mom was diagnosed with cancer, and that’s really what sparked my interest in the cannabis industry in general.”

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) – At the Black Hills Forum and Press Club today, a marijuana legalization advocate and dispensary owner made the case for how the Black Hills community can adapt to changes in cannabis policy.

He says there has been a shift politically in South Dakota over recent years, making these new policies possible.

Since voters passed Amendment A and Initiated Measure 26 in November of 2020, lawmakers and citizens alike have had questions about the implications of legal cannabis.

Kittrick Jeffries, owner of Dakota Cannabis Consulting and Puffy’s Dispensary, was there with answers.

BELLE FOURCHE — The Butte County Commission signed off on two more certificates of compliance for a pair of medical cannabis establishments: one for a cultivation license and one for a manufacturing license.

During the March 15 meeting of the county commission, 1889 Farms LLC and The High Hills LLC applied for cultivation and manufacturing licenses, respectively.

Representing the businesses, Kittrick Jeffries, a former marijuana industry compliance officer and founder of Dakota Cannabis Consulting, a Rapid City-based cannabis consulting firm, addressed the commission about the two applications.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) – We know now the names and locations of the 15 future medical marijuana dispensaries in Rapid City.

The South Dakota Medical Cannabis Program in Pierre conducted a lottery drawing Wednesday to determine which of the 47 applicants will receive the 15 licenses that the Rapid City Council gave the green light for last year.

The successful applicants now have a year to establish their dispensaries.

South Dakota has issued its first three medical cannabis dispensary licenses to retailers in Wagner, Watertown and Keystone, according to a South Dakota Public Broadcasting report.

The licenses went to Custom Touch in Wagner, Dakota Dispensaries in Watertown and Puffy’s in Keystone, according to the state’s website.

South Dakota must still license medical cannabis cultivators, manufacturers and testing facilities, and the Department of Health is continuing to process applications, South Dakota Public Broadcasting reported.

The state’s voters approved medical and adult-use cannabis legalization measures in the November 2020 election, although the South Dakota Supreme Court has since overturned the adult-use initiative, ruling that it violated the state’s single-subject rule.

South Dakota lawmakers are currently considering several proposed bills on medical and adult-use cannabis during the 2022 legislative session, which kicked off Jan. 11.

STURGIS — Puffy’s LLC and Northern Hills Alternative Health have been awarded provisional medical cannabis dispensary licenses from the city of Sturgis.

The Puffy’s dispensary would be located at 1337 Main Street just to the west of the Loud American Roadhouse. The Northern Hills Alternative Health location is at 2715 Lazelle at the mouth of Boulder Canyon.

The city offered two licenses for dispensaries and unlimited licenses for cannabis manufacturing and testing. They received 18 applications for the two dispensary licenses prior to the deadline on Nov. 23.

It was then the responsibility of City Finance Officer Fay Bueno to open the applications and determine if they were complete.

The Cannabis Industry Association of South Dakota, along with Toronto-based company Business of Cannabis, gathered a group of medical and recreational marijuana advocates from South Dakota and beyond to discuss the current state and future of cannabis.

The event was CIASD’s first. The organization plans to continue hosting events both online and in person for its members and those who pay to participate. The association, founded after the successful campaigns for Amendment A (legalizing recreational marijuana, currently under litigation) and Initiated Measure 26 (legalizing medicinal marijuana), is dedicated to making sure South Dakota extends its business-friendly attitudes to the marijuana industry.