South Dakota to Make Cannabis History in November


So far, the approach by states to marijuana legalization has been to first vote in medical use and then vote to make cannabis legal to all adults (recreational use). But, as explained in an article on The Motley Fool, South Dakota is about to break with that tradition. In November of this year, SD’s citizens will vote on two ballot initiatives:

South Dakota Cannabis

The first initiative, Measure 26, would create a medical marijuana program in the state, aimed at helping those with debilitating medical conditions to legally access cannabis. And the other ballot choice will be whether to approve the South Dakota Marijuana and Hemp Initiative, which would amend the state’s constitution to allow for adult (over 21) use of cannabis in the state.

So far, South Dakota is the only state to put both medical and recreational use on the ballot at once. Does this make the chances of one or the other passing better? We’ll have to wait and see.


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