Top South Dakota Lawmakers Officially Recommend Marijuana Legalization Bill For 2022 Session

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Leading South Dakota lawmakers are officially recommending that the legislature take up a bill to legalize marijuana during the 2022 session. This comes as activists are pursuing a separate reform initiative for the 2022 ballot and the state Supreme Court continues to review the constitutionality of a 2020 voter-approved legalization measure. The proposal from lawmakers is one of several cannabis reform measures that a Marijuana Interim Study Committee was tasked with considering. It cleared the panel last month before being submitted to the legislature’s Executive Board, which is led by the House speaker and Senate president pro tempore, and which unanimously approved the full report in a 12-0 vote on Wednesday. Sen. Bryan Breitling (R) said the legislature will see two adult-use marijuana legalization bills and 23 proposals related to the state’s medical cannabis program during next year’s session. South Dakota Legislature's Executive Board voted 12-0 to accept report from marijuana study committee. Senator Bryan Breitling said 2022 session will see panel's 23 bills to change medical-marijuana laws and two to legalize marijuana for people age 21 and older. @keloland — KELO Bob Mercer (@pierremercer) November 17, 2021 Prior to the full committee vote last month, a subcommittee that was specifically charged with looking into recreational legalization passed an earlier version of one of the reform bills. In the background of this latest action, the state Supreme Court is continuing to consider a review of the constitutionality of an earlier cannabis legalization initiative that voters approved in 2020 but which was later challenged with a lawsuit funded by the administration of Gov. Kristi Noem (R). Meanwhile, activists are working to collect signatures for a separate legalization proposal that they hope to put before voters on next year’s ballot. South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws (SDBML) aimed to turn in enough signatures…

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