A circuit judge’s decision to hinder a voter-approved initiative that legalized adult-use cannabis from progressing in South Dakota isn’t discouraging legislators from advancing with a series of marijuana related measures. While many doubt that cannabis prohibition will end soon in South Dakota after Judge Christina Klinger overturned Constitutional Amendment A, some lawmakers are working on legalizing cannabis through the statutes of the state.
Before heading into a strategy meeting with other legislators and lobbyists, Senator Brock Greenfield told reporters that legalizing was still a real possibility and that planning ahead for any situation was the best option.
Defendants legally challenging the judge’s decision to strike down Constitutional Amendment A are expected to appeal the decision to the state’s Supreme Court. Greenfield asserted that if the judge’s decision wasn’t revoked after the appeal, he would expect that South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws, which was responsible for placing the initiative on the voters’ ballot, would try to legalize cannabis again.
However, several legislators argue that trying to legalize cannabis again through the legislative way may give rise to better results. Senator Arthur Rusch stated that among the many flaws of the initiative was that it gave all its rule-making powers to the state’s Department of Revenue, which many lawmakers were not on board with.
Rusch said that if the Supreme Court decided to uphold the circuit judge’s ruling, then the state’s best option for legalizing cannabis would be to assemble all stakeholders and try to negotiate and draft a policy that would encompass the voters will but refrain from conflicting with other regulations in the state’s constitution. Rausch, who is a former attorney and judge, stated that Amendment A contained some flaws, noting that advocates would be better off if they collaborated with advocacy groups that were working on cannabis, partnering together to draft a measure that was satisfactory to everyone.
The deadline for filing new measures for the legislative session in the state has already passed. However, Greenfield has come up with a vehicle bill that can be used to carry any cannabis-related bills that are yet to be recorded by the Legislative Research Council by the now expired deadline. The vehicle bill could, for instance, allow Constitutional Amendment A’s language to be added into Greenfield’s bill collectively before being proposed formally to his colleagues for consideration.
The good news is that Measure 26, which legalized medical cannabis in the state, has not been affected by the ruling and is set to go into effect on July 1, 2021.
Meanwhile, lots of benefits are accruing from the legalization of cannabis in other states around the country. For example, Green Hygienics Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: GRYN) has taken major strides towards distinguishing itself as a leader with regard to its capabilities within the highly competitive supply chain of cannabinoids.
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