SD lawmakers recommend a bill to legalize marijuana for all purposes.
PIERRE, SD – A panel decided Tuesday to advance the legalization of marijuana for people 21 and older in South Dakota and maintain the current medical cannabis program for people under 21 years of age.
Recommendations 8-2 came from the Legislature’s subcommittee on marijuana for adults. The following steps are for the marijuana study committee to decide if the bill should go ahead and get the green light from the Legislature Executive board.
If those authorizations occur, the legislation would be introduced in the 2022 session that opens in January.
The move came Tuesday as the South Dakota Supreme Court continues to consider whether Constitutional Amendment A that voters approved 54-46% last November was valid. Amendment A legalized marijuana for adult use.
Voters also passed Measure 26, which started last year, legalizing medical cannabis for people of all ages who receive a medical card from the South Dakota Department of Health. The department must begin issuing those cards no later than November 18.
Two key differences in the proposed legislation from voter-approved measures are that home-grown marijuana would not be legal and marijuana cannot be grown outdoors.
Meanwhile, petitions for signatures are circulating to include another measure initiated that would legalize marijuana for adults on the 2022 general election ballot.