South Dakota Cannabis News

Legal Status: Recreational cannabis and medical cannabis are both illegal.

Ballot Initiative Alert: South Dakota will vote on legalizing recreational marijuana AND medical marijuana on November 3, 2020. Register to vote here.

WHERE DO SOUTH DAKOTA’S SENATORS STAND ON CANNABIS LEGALIZATION?

Sen. John Thune - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Quote: “We laugh about it and make jokes about where those brownies come from, but I think it’s a dangerous path. They’re going to pay a price for it in Colorado, and in fact, I think they already are.” (2015)
  • Quote:While I understand that people have strong opinions on both sides of this debate, I do not support legalizing the use of marijuana. Currently, the medical benefits from the use of marijuana are still inconclusive, and I believe that we must be careful not to increase the availability of marijuana and the use of marijuana for nonmedical reasons. However, I support the development of alternative medications that will provide relief to patients without opening the door to substance abuse.” (2014)

Sen. Mike Rounds - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Said he does not support medical marijuana legalization or allowing banks to provide services to legitimate marijuana businesses. (2016)

WHERE DOES SOUTH DAKOTA’S REPRESENTATIVE STAND ON CANNABIS LEGALIZATION?

Rep. Dusty Johnson (At-Large) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2019)

WHERE DOES SOUTH DAKOTA'S GOVERNOR STAND ON CANNABIS LEGALIZATION?

Gov. Kristi Noem - R

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  • Quote: “I believe if we move ahead with industrial hemp and we aren’t prepared with it from a regulatory standpoint, from an enforcement standpoint, if we don’t have the equipment and dollars to do this correctly, we will be opening the door to allowing marijuana to be legalized in the state of South Dakota.” (2019)
  • From Noem’s campaign website: “Whether the gateway drug is marijuana or a legal prescription painkiller, the slope toward addiction can often be a slippery one. As governor, I will oppose all attempts to legalize marijuana.” (2018)
  • Said she will not support medical cannabis without FDA approval. (2018)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)

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