South Dakota: Initiative to Decriminalize Cannabis Receives Clearance from Attorney General
South Dakotans Against Prohibition have had their initiative to decriminalize cannabis certified by Attorney General Marty Jackley, giving them clearance to begin gathering signatures in an attempt to put the measure on next year’s general election ballot.
If advocates are successful in gather roughly 13,000 signatures by November 9th, the initiative will be put to a vote in November of next year. If passed into law, the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis will no longer be a criminal penalty which can result in jail time. Instead, it will become a maximum fine of $100. Those under 18 would be required to take a drug awareness class, rather then pay an $100 fine.
Under current South Dakota law, the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis can result in up to a year in prison.
Those interested in finding out more about this effort, and those wanting to get involved, should visit South Dakotans Against Prohibition’s website by clicking here.