South Dakota

Tue
15
Sep

These 5 States Are Voting on Marijuana in November

This has been an unforgettably difficult year for many Americans. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has cost lives, jobs, and completely upended our normal societal habits. But amid this chaos is the reality that, in just 51 days, Americans across the country will head to their local voting booth or mail in their ballots to decide who'll lead this country for the next four years.

Keep in mind that it's not just the presidency or the make-up of Congress that'll be decided on November 3, 2020. Residents in six states will be heading to the polls to decide if marijuana will be legalized from an adult-use or medical standpoint.

Tue
08
Sep

These 6 States Will Be Voting on Marijuana Legalization in Nov 2020

Regardless of the economic and health crises this year, the marijuana industry continues to be one of the quickest growing industries in United States.

Only a couple months remain until voters in numerous states will see medical and recreational cannabis legalization measures on their ballots. South Dakota will actually have a medical and a recreational legalization measure on its ballot.

Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota have ballot initiatives that could legalize marijuana for adults 21 and older. Mississippi, Nebraska, and South Dakota have ballot initiatives that could establish medical marijuana programs.

These 6 states will be voting on cannabis legalization in November 2020:

Mon
17
Aug

South Dakota Submits State Hemp Plan To USDA

South Dakota’s Department of Agriculture announced last week it had submitted its hemp plan to the USDA for review and hopefully, approval.

And what a road it has been for what was one the remaining hemp holdout states to get to this point.

Back in March last year, a bill that would have allowed hemp to be cultivated and processed in the state, House Bill 1191, was vetoed by Governor Kristi Noem. Governor Noem held the view the state wasn’t ready for the crop.

Thu
13
Aug

South Dakota submits industrial hemp plan to USDA for final approval

South Dakota has submitted its industrial hemp plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for approval. 

The plan lays out how the state will regulate industrial hemp, and South Dakota farmers will be able to begin growing industrial hemp once the USDA gives final approval. 

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture will continue to develop its program while it waits for that approval, and processors and growers will be able to find more information about applying for a hemp license in the near future, according to Derek Schiefelbein, industrial hemp program manager at the SDDA. 

"I am looking forward to working with industrial hemp producers and processors in South Dakota," Sheifelbein said.

Mon
27
Jul

7 States May Be Voting on Marijuana in November

Despite it being a crazy year, Americans can't lose sight of the fact that Election Day is a little over three months away. At stake are 435 seats in the House of Representatives, roughly a third of all seats in the Senate, and, of course, the Oval Office.

But it's an equally important election at the state level. No matter what happens federally, it's unlikely that marijuana's scheduling will be changed anytime soon. This means state-level cannabis legalizations will continue to play a major role in growing the U.S. pot industry.

Mon
22
Jun

Marijuana Legalization in South Dakota Lies with Voters Now

Marijuana legalization in South Dakota could see daylight in 2020. The state passed measures to legalize both recreational and medical marijuana. Luckily, both of the measures collected the required signatures before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The only issue was if the pandemic didn’t retreat by November, it would be hard for people to vote on the measures. Now that lockdown restrictions have been easing, voting should be possible. So, the fate of legalization in South Dakota lies in voters’ hands.

Mon
15
Jun

South Dakota: Marijuana Legalization Advocates Launch Campaign to Get Initiative on November Ballot

Marijuana legalization advocates kicked off their campaign on Wednesday to convince South Dakota voters to vote to legalize both medical and recreational marijuana in the November general election, according to a new report by the Associated Press.

Thu
11
Jun

South Dakota voters to decide future of medical and recreational marijuana in the state

To legalize, or not to legalize? That is the question South Dakotans will answer when it comes to marijuana in the state. In November, voters will decide on Constitutional Amendment A and Initiated Measure 26.

Fri
22
May

How COVID-19 is Affecting Marijuana Legalization

The year 2020 was destined to be a banner year for marijuana producers and dispensaries. That is, until COVID-19 reared its ugly head. 

If you’re wondering how COVID-19 is affecting marijuana legislation, you’re not the only one. The reality is that the coronavirus pandemic has, unfortunately, hampered some marijuana legalization efforts in the short term, but it shouldn’t have any long-lasting effects. 

Tue
31
Mar

South Dakota Governor Signs Hemp Bill Into Law

One of the USA’s few remaining hemp holdout states is now very cautiously joining the country’s cannabis revolution.

On Friday, South Dakota governor Kristi Noem signed HB 1008 into law, which is an Act to legalize the growth, production, and transportation of industrial hemp in the state; to make appropriations for funding and to declare an emergency.

The term “declare an emergency” isn’t as ominous as it sounds. It simply means the Act comes into effect immediately.

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