(SD)-SD Initiative Petitions Submitted For Legalizing Pot, Medical Marijuana
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Two South Dakota groups have submitted petitions to the secretary of state's office to put legalization of medical marijuana and recreational pot on next year's general election ballot in the state.
New Approach South Dakota submitted over 30,000 signatures for a plan to create a medical marijuana program for patients with serious health conditions. The group circulated a similar initiative last year, but failed to gather the required number of signatures.
South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws submitted over 50,000 signatures to put legalizing marijuana to a vote. Its proposal would legalize pot for adults at least 21 and require the Legislature to enact a hemp cultivation law.
The secretary of state's office will now begin certifying signatures, a process expected to take a few months.
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