South Dakota Voters Will Decide On Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measure In November

South Dakota Voters Will Decide On Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measure In November
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South Dakota officials on Wednesday certified that activists turned in a sufficient number of signatures earlier this month to qualify a marijuana legalization measure for the November ballot. South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws (SDBML) needed 16,961 valid submissions to place their initiative before voters. Now, the secretary of state’s office has confirmed that more than enough valid petitions were received and that the proposal will appear on the November ballot as Initiated Measure 27. Matthew Schweich, campaign director of SDBML, told Marijuana Moment that he is “very happy” that voters will get a chance to decide on the reform. “We are extremely thankful to all the people who signed our petitions and all of our incredible volunteers who helped make this happen,” he said. “As required by South Dakota Codified Law § 2-1-16, our office conducted a random sample of the petition signatures and found 79.22 percent to be valid,” stated Secretary Of State Steve Barnett said in a press release. “Based on the results of the random sample, 25,023 signatures were deemed valid.” 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. Schweich said that he expects voters to approve legalization again but that “we cannot be complacent and we must run a very strong campaign” in order to ensure another victory. “But I am confident that we can win again and I believe that we will exceed the 54 percent that achieved in 2020,” he said. “Our goal is wot win by more than we did in 2020.” Following the court ruling that invalidated the earlier ballot box win, activists decided to take a two-track approach to the policy change in 2022, both working with legislators for a…

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