South Dakota to Postpone Implementation of Voter-Approved Medical Cannabis Measure


<![CDATA[cendeced | Adobe StockSouth Dakota may have been the first state to pass both medical and adult-use cannabis on the same ballot in November 2020, but Gov. Kristi Noem is not in a hurry to implement either. Initiated Measure 26, the medical cannabis program ballot measure, passed with 69.9% in favor. Based on South Dakota law, constitutional amendments and initiated measures become effective on July 1 each year following an election. However, Noem said she and leadership in both chambers of the South Dakota state legislature plan to delay implementing a medical cannabis program an additional year, to July 1, 2022, she announced in a press release Feb. 10. “We are working diligently to get IM 26 implemented safely and correctly,” Noem said in the release. “The feasibility of getting this program up and running well will take additional time. I am thankful to our legislative leaders for helping make sure that we do this right.”  That announcement came two days after Circuit Judge Christina Klinger struck down the voter-approved adult-use Amendment A, concluding that it violated South Dakota’s requirement that constitutional amendments be limited to one subject, she said in her ruling. That ruling was sparked after Noem instructed state law enforcement personnel to file litigation against Amendment A. When it comes to tackling both medical and adult-use cannabis legislation, Noem said she and leadership in the state legislature are geared toward implemented a medical program first, rather than working on both at the same time. That decision came after turning to industry experts Cannabis Public Policy Consulting (CPPC), according to Noem’s release. The notion from CPPC is that no state in the country has ever implemented both medical and adult-use programs simultaneously; and the successful implementation of a medical program takes more than just eight months—the timeframe IM 26…

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