South Dakota Gov. Joins Effort To Block Voter-Approved Cannabis Legalization

The battle in South Dakota for legalization continues

In an executive order issued on Friday, Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem contends that the recreational cannabis ballot initiative approved by voters in November “was not proper and violated the procedures set forth in the South Dakota Constitution.”

The directive also states that Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Rick Miller and Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom have legal standing to sue over the amendment because they are acting on Noem’s behalf.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs claim that the measure violates initiative one-subject requirements. Miller and Thom argue that the broad reforms – a constitutional amendment – need to be approved through a constitutional convention.

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