South Dakota might just be the most complicated cannabis state in the U.S. Last November, the state was the first in the nation where voters legalized for both medical and adult-use on the same Election Day. But, since then, the adult-use measure has remained under legal fire, while medical was allowed to proceed. In January, Gov. Kristi Noem issued an executive order that stated that the initiative “violated the procedures set forth in the South Dakota Constitution.” And, in another first in the cannabis world, she wrote that the legal challenge was filed “upon my prior instruction.” That legal challenge has been kicked up by the state’s Supreme Court, which has yet to make a decision. In the meantime, a legislative subcommittee has formed and met to take public comment. It has also heard from regulators and lawmakers in other states, like Colorado, as well as from stakeholders in law enforcement, local government, and the cannabis industry. The biggest news to come out of this committee this year was its vote in October in favor of advancing draft legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis.

Alyson Martin, Cannabis Wire, 11/16/2021 19:00:00

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