Efforts to halt South Dakota’s medical marijuana program have failed

A voter-approved medical marijuana program is expected to run as planned in South Dakota after efforts to undo the program fail.

Governor Kristi Noem and the majority of lawmakers in both chambers wanted to delay legalization and develop regulations, but could not agree on a compromise measure before the end of the legislature, the Argus leader in Sioux Falls said.

This means that the measure approved by the voters is expected to continue unchanged and a market launch is expected in the summer of 2022.

Noem, who is strongly against marijuana, argued that the state needed more time to implement a medical cannabis program.

Proponents of legalization claimed Noem and her legislative allies wanted to replace the voter-approved measure with a more restrictive program.

Noem also lit a legal fight against voter-approved recreational marijuana.

It won the first round when a judge recently ruled that the referendum was unconstitutional.

Proponents of Amendment A, the adult-use measure, appealed to the state Supreme Court and made their first arguments this week, the Argus leader reported.

Marijuana advocates say Noem’s efforts in South Dakota to block or modify marijuana legalization reflect a new maneuver to overthrow the will of voters.

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