Initiative to Legalize Medical Cannabis Filed in South Dakota

sdakotaAn initiative to legalize the medical use of cannabis has been filed with South Dakota’s Secretary of State, the first step towards getting the proposal on next year’s November ballot.

The proposal would allow patients who receive a registration card with the Department of Health to possess up to three ounces of cannabis, and to cultivate up to six plants. Allowable quantities of other cannabis products, such as edibles and oils, would be up to the Department of Health to decide.

“Personally I think it’s a slam dunk,” says Melissa Mentele, founder of the South Dakota Family Coalition for Compassion, the group behind the measure. “I think there is so much science out there that people can’t dispute it.”

Once approved by the state, advocates will have 180 days to get the 13,871 valid signatures to place the initiative on the November, 2016 presidential election ballot.


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