South Dakota

Successful Cannabis Initiatives In Three States Face Legal Challenges

Prohibitionist forces in three states have filed lawsuits to block cannabis legalization initiatives that were approved by voters in this month’s election. Legalization measures appeared on the general election ballots in five states this year, and all were approved by a majority of voters. In Montana, 57% of voters approved Initiative 190, a measure to legalize recreational marijuana in the state. Attorneys for the group Wrong for Montana, which campaigned against the initiative, filed a suit claiming that the measure is unconstitutional because it allocates money from recreational cannabis taxes for specific purposes. Under the state constitution, appropriating money is […]

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South Dakota: Opposition Group’s Polling Shows Voter Support for Marijuana Legalization Initiatives

Statewide polling data commissioned by a marijuana opposition group shows voter support for a pair of 2020 cannabis legalization ballot measures. According to the survey results, some 70 percent of respondents back Initiative Measure 26 — which establishes a medical cannabis access program in South Dakota — and some 60 percent of voters support Constitutional Amendment A, which legalizes the adult-use marijuana market. The polling data was compiled by the right-leaning Public Opinion Strategies group, and was paid for by the campaign committee No Way On A. According to the Argus Leader newspaper, No Way on A is organized by the […]

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CBD takes hold in South Dakota as retailers embrace hemp-based compound – Argus Leader

CLOSE Buy Photo Matt Yde restocks shelves with tinctures on Wednesday, September 23, at Your CBD Store in Sioux Falls. (Photo: Erin Bormett / Argus Leader) It started with a store in Fargo in February. Then, when South Dakota officials finally embraced hemp, Matt Yde brought a store to Sioux Falls that specialized in selling cannabidiol, a hemp-derived product known for its therapeutic properties. Yde opened Your CBD Store in a small strip mall storefront on West 41st Street in May, as the coronavirus pandemic continued to hang over the entire retail industry. Two months later, Yde opened a third location in […]

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South Dakota Is Likely to Legalize Adult-Use and Medical Cannabis This Election

Image via South Dakota may well become the first US state to legalize medical and adult-use cannabis at the same time, according to the results of a recent poll. On November 3rd, voters in the Mount Rushmore State will be presented with two major cannabis reform initiatives. The first of these, IM26, is a statutory measure that would legalize medical cannabis for patients suffering from debilitating medical conditions. If approved, this measure would allow patients to purchase up to three ounces of medical pot from a licensed dispensary, or to grow at least three plants at home. The other ballot […]

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South Dakota First State To Vote On Both Medical And Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization

South Dakota is set to be the first state in the United States to vote on both medical and adult-use cannabis legalization on the same ballot this November, representing a major step forward for marijuana advocates.  Medical marijuana supporters in South Dakota were unable to get enough signatures to place a voting initiative on the ballot in 2018. It would appear that voter attitudes have changed in the state in the past two years, though no independent poll has been conducted to gauge where South Dakotans stand on the issue of legalization.  While both the medical and adult-use initiatives would […]

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