South Dakota Activists Turn In Signatures To Put Marijuana Legalization On The Ballot

South Dakota Activists Turn In Signatures To Put Marijuana Legalization On The Ballot
MJ moment

South Dakota activists turned in what they say are more than enough valid signatures to place a marijuana legalization initiative on the state’s November ballot. South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws (SDBML) submitted petitions to the secretary of state’s office on Tuesday, the submission deadline, just weeks after sounding the alarm about potentially coming up short as the deadline approached. A final push in cities across the state apparently proved fruitful, with advocates making up the deficit and then some. The campaign independently verified about 19,250 signatures; they need 16,961 valid submissions to qualify. Matthew Schweich, campaign director of SDBML, told Marijuana Moment that the “furious final push” to collect the remaining signatures this past month delivered results and they’re confident that the state will clear the measure for the ballot following its review. The secretary of state’s office is expected to make a determination about the signature validity within weeks. “We are very proud to submit these petitions, and we are extremely thankful to the voters who added their signatures and to the volunteers who helped us finish this petition drive,” Schweich said separately in a press release. “This campaign was a statewide grassroots effort that involved thousands of South Dakotans.” South Dakota voters already approved legalization during the 2020 election, but the reform was struck down by the state Supreme Court following a challenge supported by the governor’s office. Following the court ruling, activists decided to take a two-track approach to the policy change in 2022, both working with legislators for a legislative reform while separately collecting signatures for the ballot initiative if lawmakers failed to act. While they would have preferred lawmakers to enact the policy change, that did not pan out this session. The House rejected a Senate-passed legalization bill in March, effectively leaving it up to activists…

Excerpt only …
READ MORE BELOW
Source : South Dakota Activists Turn In Signatures To Put Marijuana Legalization On The Ballot

reposted by Cannabis News World

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.