SIOUX FALLS, SD (AP) — Voters in South Dakota are set to vote again on whether to legalize recreational marijuana for adults after the secretary of state signed off on the measure on Wednesday initiated for the November election.
Secretary of State Steve Barnett announced that a random sample of petition signatures showed South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws, the group campaigning to legalize pot, had easily garnered enough valid signatures to surpass the approximately 17,000 needed to place the initiated measure on the November ballot. . It will appear as initiated measure 27.
The proposed law would allow people 21 and older to use and grow pot for personal use. It would impose a 1-ounce (28-gram) limit on how much people could use or share.
Marijuana legalization has spurred political fights within South Dakota’s dominant Republican Party in recent years and has tested faith in a form of direct democracy – the measure of the ballot. A citizen-proposed constitutional amendment to legalize cannabis passed 54% in 2020, but Governor Kristi Noem sponsored a lawsuit to challenge it and the state Supreme Court ruled last year that it violates the state constitution.
The validation of the Secretary of State can be challenged within 30 days.
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