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A South Dakota man has launched an effort to convince voters to repeal the state’s medical marijuana law.
But considering that residents in the state voted overwhelmingly in favor of a medical marijuana program in 2020, Newell resident Travis Ismay might have his work cut out for him.
According to state Attorney General Marty Jackley, Ismay’s proposed ballot initiative would:
Repeal the state’s medical cannabis program.
Outlaw the MMJ dispensaries currently in operation.
Make all possession and use of cannabis products a crime.
The proposal would have no impact on South Dakota’s hemp industry.
Members of the public have until Aug. 6 to submit public comment on Jackley’s summary of Ismay’s proposal.
Ismay’s plan is simple, according to the proposed language he submitted in early June: a blanket repeal of all state MMJ laws.
If his proposal advances, Ismay would have to collect more than 17,000 signatures to qualify a repeal measure for the 2024 ballot.
South Dakota voters approved both medical and recreational marijuana in November 2020. But a 2021 state Supreme Court decision overturned adult-use legalization. However, medical marijuana sales began in South Dakota in July 2022.