Congratulations: South Dakota Makes History Legalizing Recreational and Medical Marijuana at once
South Dakota voters made history Tuesday night by helping the state become the first in the Union to pass a constitutional amendment legalizing the sale of cannabis to adults without first having an established medical program.
The constitutional amendment, passed by voters in all 95 counties reported by The Associated Press, allows possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for medical use by adults but also legalizes the drug for recreational use for people with certain medical conditions. The law also requires the state legislature to pass it by April 1, 2022, at the latest, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety said. The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) was instrumental in supporting the measure's choice. South Dakota made history today by becoming the first state to legalize medical marijuana and legalize same-day marijuana for adults, "Matthew Schweich, deputy director of MP P, said in a statement. Moreover, it is arguably the most conservative state to legalize marijuana, and the victory is gaining significance because Republican Sen. John Thune now represents the legalized state. Also approved by a 69-2 vote was the legalization of adult marijuana use in North Dakota, the second-largest state in the country. If a person lives within the jurisdiction of an approved retailer, he can grow up to three plants in an enclosed space, and if he lives within a jurisdiction with approved retailers, one plant per person. Under the constitutional amendment, communities can ban growers, testing facilities, wholesalers, and retailers from their territory, "he told CBT in August. The Constitution contains the right to use it in any way, but adults never took it up, he said. The proceeds will be used to cover the costs of introducing and maintaining the amendment, with 50% of the remaining revenue going to state schools.
The amendment also provides for the creation of a tax of 1.5 million dollars on the sale of cannabis for adults. South Dakota made history today by becoming the first state to approve a measure to regulate cannabis in addition to its existing regulated medical cannabis program, "he said in a statement. The voters deserve credit for taking us to the heart of common sense, and I am proud of our state. NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri said in a statement: "No state has ever gone from marijuana prohibition to allowing both medical use and adult use, and access to marijuana has been granted literally overnight. This vote is a victory for the people of South Dakota, not only for medical cannabis patients but also for elected officials who have refused for decades to push for substantial reform of the marijuana law.