South Dakota To Make Historic Marijuana Moves
As we have seen with a number of unlikely electoral measures, South Dakota is doing something no state has ever attempted before: trying to legalize both medical and recreational marijuana in two separate ballot measures at the same time. First, Mount Rushmore State voters must choose between Measure 26, which would establish a medical marijuana industry in the state for patients with debilitating diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV / AIDS, and multiple sclerosis. The measure would allow qualified patients to possess up to three ounces of cannabis and grow at least three cannabis plants as prescribed by a doctor. For starters, chronic pain, chronic nausea, seizures, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and epilepsy would be added to the list of debilitating diseases.
However, the South Dakota Department of Health would be able to expand the list of conditions once the measure is approved. Second, South Dakota residents will also vote on Amendment A, which would legalize recreational marijuana in the state. As we have seen with other adults - consumer states like Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Washington D.C. - South Sioux will impose a 15% tax rate on the sale of weed and apply it to the sale of medical marijuana, much as other adults in those states see it.
What's interesting about the legalization measure for recreational athletes is that it does not establish a medical marijuana program or provide for hemp guidelines in the state.
That means the laws in the state of South Dakota could be passed by April 1, 2022. Considering that we have a state that has jumped from completely illegal to legal, this is a huge step forward for the legalization of marijuana in North Dakota and the rest of the country.
The preference for medical marijuana is still high (excuse the pun), making passage of Measure 26 quite likely. Amendment A is accepted by a majority of voters in the state of South Dakota and other states of North Dakota.