(SD)-Noem Still Against Legalizing Hemp, But Will Allow Shipments Through SD
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has again repeated her opposition to legalizing industrial hemp production in South Dakota, even in the face of new federal rules allowing the cash crop, but she's backing off on keeping hemp from crossing the state.
Hemp, a non-buzz inducing cousin of marijuana, is seen as a possible boon by many farmers, but Noem said in a statement Tuesday that legalizing it would hamper enforcement of marijuana laws.
In the same statement, the governor said South Dakota will allow the crop to be transported across the state. Last month, South Dakota police arrested a Colorado man for carrying large bags of what he claims was hemp in his SUV.
The USDA released a new regulatory framework for hemp production last week, saying it will provide new economic opportunities for farmers and pave the way for new products and markets.
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