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South Dakota: Questions and answers on marijuana initiative

There's a lot of pot talk happening in South Dakota right now.

You might have noticed Steve Young's rundown of the law enforcement issues surrounding the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe's plan to sell marijuana on reservation grounds.

Then there's the medical marijuana ballot initiative movement moving merrily along through the petition process. That one would legalize up to three ounces for medical use.

There's a more ambitious initiative, too, this one announced last week by a group called South Dakotans Against Prohibition. That ballot initiative would decriminalize up to an ounce of pot. Instead of being jailed and charged with a misdemeanor, someone caught with that much or less would get a $100 civil fine.


As tribe prepares to legalize marijuana, questions remain

Flandreau Santee Sioux tribal officials intend to develop a marijuana grow facility on tribal grounds and sell the product in a tribal marijuana lounge.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Five months from now, according to the plan, Indians and non-Indians alike will be smoking marijuana on tribal lands in Flandreau.

The U.S. Justice Department told Indian tribes last December that they can grow and sell marijuana as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for Washington, Colorado and other states that have legalized the drug.


South Dakota Indian tribe signs contract with marijuana growing group

SIOUX FALLS | An Indian tribe in South Dakota that plans to start selling marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes envisions its single point of sale on the reservation as a facility that will also have a bowling alley, a bar and other entertainment features.

Leaders of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe on Wednesday unveiled details of their plans to sell cannabis after signing a contract with Denver-based Monarch America Inc., which will be responsible for the design, construction and development of an indoor growing site that will feature a marijuana consumption lounge.


Monarch America Signs Landmark Consulting Agreement for Marijuana Grow Facility With Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe in South Dakota

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - Jun 24, 2015) - Monarch America, Inc. (OTCQB: BTFL) ("Monarch America" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has completed a Consulting Agreement (the "Agreement") with the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe ("FSST"), a federally recognized tribe located in South Dakota, for the design, construction, and development of a proposed state-of-the-art marijuana cultivation facility on sovereign FSST tribal land with a tribally owned subsidiary.


South Dakota Indian Reservation Legalizes Marijuana

FLANDREAU, SD - The Flandreau Santee Sioux Indian Reservation has legalized the sale and use of marijuana on tribal land.

Last Thursday, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe Executive Committee became the first reservation in the state to legalize marijuana.

Plans call for one facility where marijuana will be grown, and another place to buy and use the drug for medicinal and recreational use for those over 21.

Those under 21 could use medical marijuana with a doctor's recommendation. It's a controversial issue for the reservation, and the community of Flandreau.

Tribal President Anthony Reider says The Flandreau Santee Sioux Indian tribe is used to stepping forward and taking a stance on controversial issues.


South Dakota Marijuana advocates optimistic about treatment, voters

Eliyah Hendrickson, 2, who was diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome when he was five-months-old by a Colorado doctor, plays with a toy on Thursday at his home in Sioux Falls. "With Dravet Syndrome then comes a whole grab bag of neurological and some physical issues," George Hendrickson, the boy's dad, said. "We know of other children with Dravet that couldn't walk and talk until they went on CBD--the cannabis oil--then within 5 to 6 months these kids would cut their seizures down by 90 to 95 percent or more and would learn to walk and talk," Hendrickson said.(Photo: Joe Ahlquist / Argus Leader)Buy Photo

Six-hundred fifty miles.

That's the length Melissa Mentele has gone in search of relief.


South Dakota: Possible medical marijuana measure advances

South Dakotans might get a chance to decide whether medical marijuana should be allowed.

The Attorney General's Office said Tuesday that an explanation for an initiated measure to legalize marijuana has been filed with the Secretary of State's Office.

Melissa Mentele, the founder of an advocacy organization that has helped two families relocate to Colorado, authored the measure. Despite past failure to legalize medical marijuana use in the state, she feels confident this latest measure will garner strong support.

"Personally I think it's a slam dunk," she said. "I think there is so much science out there that people can't dispute it."


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South Dakota: Ballot proposals for 2016 election include medical marijuana

A South Dakota medical marijuana supporter hopes to begin gathering signatures within a month to put a proposal on the 2016 ballot to allow people with serious medical conditions to use marijuana.

Melissa Mentele, an activist from Emery, South Dakota, said Tuesday that the ballot language she’s been working on is now under review at the state Attorney General’s office. Mentele and other organizers need 13,871 signatures by Nov. 8 to get the proposal on the 2016 ballot.

Mentele, 38, said she’s attempting to help patients similar to herself - she suffers from reflex sympathetic dystrophy - who have debilitating medical conditions ranging from cancer to post-traumatic stress disorder.


South Dakota: Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe steps closer to legalizing marijuana

FLANDREAU - The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe has been looking into legalizing marijuana on the reservation since 2014.

Tribal executive committee members moved a step closer to making that a reality.

In a meeting Friday, the tribe set up an LLC with the purpose of pursuing recreational marijuana and hemp on the tribe’s reservation.

One of the tribe’s attorneys said this does not mean marijuana is now legal on the reservation.

The Moody County Sheriff has been following the tribe’s decision.

Deputy Troy Wellman says he is afraid legalizing pot will increase trafficking on and off the reservation. He’s also worried it will increase danger on the roads.


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