Marijuana remains a big issue in America, although it has been legalized in several states in recent years. In November, South Dakota voters will decide whether to legalize it. All eyes are on President Trump and Vice President Joe Biden, but the stakes are much higher than just the presidential race for the South Sioux residents.
Amendment A would legalize, and regulate marijuana, and require lawmakers to pass laws to ensure access to marijuana for medical purposes. Advocates say it would apply only to adults 21 and older, bringing in new revenue for the state, creating new jobs, and reducing arrests and prosecutions.
Advocates say it will help people with health problems, but opponents argue marijuana is highly addictive and can have long-term health consequences. Before the vote, the South Dakota State Medical Association said, "Marijuana will have negative effects on society and taxpayers, far exceeding its tax revenue.
The state medical board argues that the drug poses a safety risk, claiming it is not a legitimate drug and argues that it poses safety risks. Amendment B wants the right to bet on the future of Deadwood, but at the moment only certain games are legal in Deadwood, including card games, roulette, and slot machines.
The amendment's proponent says it would boost tourism and bring in additional tax revenue to help the city, schools, and the state. If passed, it would allow lawmakers to place bets on sports events in the Old City. The South Dakota House speaker has opposed the amendment, but supporters of Amendment B have not.
Sports betting is a stumbling block for people who are overwhelmed by gambling addiction. He says he would make a few dollars from sports betting, but he says it's not worth the risk.