South Dakota: Adult-Use Marijuana Initiative Certified for 2020 Ballot

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  • by
    Paul
    Armentano,
    NORML
    Deputy
    Director


    January
    6,
    2020

    marijuana plantA
    proposed
    measure
    legalizing
    and
    regulating
    the
    adult
    use
    and
    retail
    sale
    of
    marijuana
    in
    South
    Dakota
    has
    qualified
    for
    the
    2020
    ballot.

    The
    South
    Dakota
    Secretary
    of
    State’s
    Office

    acknowledged

    Monday
    that
    the
    proposed
    constitutional
    amendment
    will
    appear
    on
    the
    November
    ballot.
    The

    measure

    permits
    individuals
    21
    and
    older
    to
    possess
    and
    purchase
    up
    to
    an
    ounce
    of
    cannabis
    and
    creates
    a
    system
    to
    license
    and
    regulate
    retail
    marijuana
    businesses.
    Limited
    home
    cultivation
    is
    also
    permitted
    under
    the
    measure.

    The
    proposal
    is
    the
    second
    marijuana-specific
    initiative
    to
    be
    approved
    by
    the
    Secretary
    of
    State’s
    office.
    Last
    month,
    officials
    similarly

    certified


    Measure
    26
    ,
    which
    legalizes
    patients’
    access
    to
    medical
    cannabis,
    for
    the
    November
    ballot.

    “South
    Dakota
    will
    become
    the
    first
    state
    in
    American
    history
    to
    vote
    on
    both
    medical
    marijuana
    and
    adult-use
    legalization
    initiatives
    on
    the
    same
    ballot,”
    Matthew
    Schweich,
    deputy
    director
    of
    the

    Marijuana
    Policy
    Project
    ,

    told

    the
    website

    Marijuana
    Moment
    ,
    which
    first
    broke
    the
    news.
    MPP
    and
    the
    New
    Approach
    PAC
    are
    actively
    backing
    both
    proposals.
    South
    Dakota
    is

    one

    of
    only
    three
    states
    that
    has
    not
    enacted
    any
    legislation
    providing
    some
    form
    of
    medical
    cannabis
    or
    CBD
    access.


    Eleven
    states

    and
    the
    District
    of
    Columbia
    have
    legalized
    the
    use
    of
    marijuana
    by
    adults.
    In
    December,
    New
    Jersey
    lawmakers
    also

    decided

    to
    place
    an
    adult-use
    legalization
    question
    on
    the
    November
    2020
    ballot.


    Additional
    information
    on
    the
    pending
    South
    Dakota
    initiatives
    is
    available
    from
    South
    Dakotans
    for
    Better
    Marijuana
    Laws
    .

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