When a week passed without a single application for a medical marijuana business license in Sioux Falls, industry officials said not to pay much attention to it — the applications would come eventually.

They were right. 

As of 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 15, the city’s licensing office had received a total of 25 applications for licenses to operate a medical marijuana dispensary, with the window to submit them closing that day at 5 p.m.

But when the city runs its lottery on Wednesday morning, only five of those applications can be chosen, per a proposal brought by Mayor Paul TenHaken’s office and approved by the council.

More: After months of debate over marijuana, no one has applied for a dispensary license — yet

That lottery will be held at 10 a.m. on Nov. 17 at City Hall, and is open to the public.

More: Sioux Falls bans marijuana grow businesses and caps dispensaries at 5

There is no cap on the number of medical marijuana testing facilities allowed in the city, but no application has been turned in for a license to operate one as of yet.

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