Signatures Submitted For South Dakota Medical Marijuana Initiative


South Dakota may not be a very populous state, but it still has citizens that are suffering from one or more conditions that could be effectively treated with medical cannabis. Relief may be on the way if the South Dakota medical marijuana campaign gathered enough valid signatures to put it to a vote in the next election. Below is an e-mail alert that I received today out of South Dakota detailing the effort to bring safe access to the state:

Yesterday, New Approach South Dakota submitted nearly 15,000 signatures to the Secretary of State with hopes of adding a medical marijuana measure to the 2018 ballot.

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs said the review of the submitted measure would likely be finished within four months. Her office conducts a random sampling of the signatures to determine validity, with at least 5% of the collected signatures being reviewed.

The medical marijuana measure that was submitted for signature validation would allow patients with certain conditions like cancer, HIV/AIDS, chronic debilitating pain, and PTSD to obtain a registration card to possess up to three ounces of marijuana.

To read the full text of New Approach South Dakota’s proposed medial marijuana ballot initiative, check our their website. We are hopeful that the initiative will qualify for the 2018 ballot and that South Dakotans will have the opportunity to adopt a compassionate policy for medical marijuana patients.


Jesse Kelley
Legislative Counsel
Marijuana Policy Project
Washington, D.C.

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