Home to the famous Mount Rushmore monument, South Dakota has traditionally been considered one of the strictest states in the US when it comes to cannabis usage and marijuana laws. However, years of prohibition could be set to come to an end in 20202 with the state set to decide in November on two cannabis reform initiatives included in the upcoming US elections.
Before we take a look at what is being proposed in November, let´s have a look at the current cannabis laws in the state of South Dakota.
South Dakota Cannabis Law
At present, marijuana remains illegal for all purposes in South Dakota with possession of any amount of cannabis considered a criminal offence.
A reputation for having some of the strictest cannabis laws is certainly justified when you consider that South Dakota is the only state in the US which has outlawed the ingestion of all controlled substances. This means that a positive drug test for cannabis would be considered a misdemeanour offence and can result in a person having a criminal record, merely for consuming marijuana.
However, South Dakota´s draconian and outdated marijuana laws could be set for a sharp 180 with the state set to vote on two hugely significant cannabis law reforms in November.
While the state has previously voted down two initiatives for medical cannabis legalisation in 2006 and 2015, hopes are high that this time, a different outcome could see South Dakota become the latest state to fully legalise marijuana.
What is being Proposed for 2020?
Along with four other states including Montana and New Jersey, South Dakota voters will decide in November whether the state should adopt a legalised cannabis market both for medical users and recreational.
Included in the ballot are two initiatives – The first would create a medical cannabis program for patients with specified medical conditions. Under the new proposal, patients would be allowed to possess up to 3 ounces of cannabis.
The second initiative to be decided by voters would, if voted through, legalise up to an ounce for adults aged 21 and over while also setting up a regulated sales market.
Will South Dakota say Yes!?
As mentioned, the state has the somewhat dishonourable distinction of being the only U.S state to have twice voted down cannabis legalisation reform. However, this time, a more positive outcome could be on the horizon. At least according to Jared Moffat, who is working with South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws in support of both proposals.
“It’s been 10 years since the last attempt to reform South Dakota’s marijuana laws through the ballot, and in that time, a lot has changed,” he explained
“Support for marijuana policy reform has increased significantly in every part of the county and 11 states have adopted adult-use legalization laws — and they’re working well. No state has made a serious attempt to repeal those laws. We also have recent internal polling of South Dakotans that suggests we have a great shot at passing both initiatives.”
Can I grow Marijuana in South Dakota?
While the cultivation of cannabis in South Dakota is currently prohibited, both of the initiatives being voted on in November would finally legalise cannabis growing in the state of South Dakota.
For medical patients, cultivation of up to three plants would be allowed while the same limitation is also applicable for recreational users with the provision that there are no retail sales outlets in their local government jurisdiction.
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