South Dakota Senate Passes Retail Licensing Bill for Adult-Use Cannabis
The South Dakota Senate approved Senate Bill 187B Wednesday, which was sponsored by Sen. Brock Greenfield.
The measure, which passed 19-16, is designed to put a system of laws in place to regulate the sale, possession and consumption of adult-use cannabis per the voter-approved Amendment A in the general election, which was challenged by Gov. Kristi Noem and ruled unconstitutional by Circuit Judge Christina Klinger on Feb. 8.
The bill acknowledges that Klinger deemed Amendment A as unconstitutional, but « the legislature recognizes that a majority of voters approved the legalization of the sale, possession and consumption of adult-use retail marijuana. »
The majority of state senators voted in favor of enacting the legislation to ensure there are regulated and enforceable laws in place regarding the sale, possession and consumption of adult-use cannabis, in case the South Dakota Supreme Court overrules Klinger’s ruling that Amendment A was unconstitutional.
The bill has been sent to the House of Representatives but has not yet been scheduled for action.