South Dakota was one of five states with adult use cannabis legalization on the ballot.
In anticipation of this decision over the past year, both advocates and lawmakers have been working on new paths forward for adult use.
In South Dakota, among the most complex states when it comes to cannabis, localities are moving ahead on medical as broader reforms loom.
While voters approved both medical and adult use legalization at the ballot box in November, the state’s top court is weighing a legal challenge to adult use that was led by Gov. Kristi Noem.
The decision will determine whether an adult use legalization measure passed by voters in November becomes law. Gov. Kristi Noem led the legal challenge against it.
Governor Kristi Noem has signed an executive order declaring that she called for a lawsuit challenging Amendment A, a cannabis measure that voters approved on their November ballots.
It’s the first time that voters have been presented with the choice of legalizing for both purposes on one ballot.
This November, for the first time, a state’s voters will see both medical and adult use on their November ballots. One in ten arrests in the state are for cannabis, a new report found.
Voters in the state could be the first in the nation to legalize cannabis for medical and adult use at the same time, as both options will be on the ballot.
The governor previously vetoed a hemp bill. On Tuesday, she shared the conditions under which she would sign a hemp bill.
These would be the first cannabis legalization ballot measures to qualify for 2020, if validated by the Secretary of State.