UPDATE: South Dakota House approves hemp bill, despite pushback from Gov. Noem (Audio)


February 12, 2019

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State representatives have overwhelmingly advanced legislation to legalize industrial hemp in South Dakota just days after Gov. Kristi Noem asked lawmakers to end those efforts this session.

The House voted 65-2 Monday to send the bill to the Senate. House Majority Leader Lee Qualm says it’s time to move forward with hemp.

The vote comes after Noem told KWAT News at the Watertown Winter Farm Show over the weekend that South Dakota isn’t ready for the production of industrial hemp. She says questions remain about enforcement, taxpayer costs and effects on public safety….

Governor Noem says she’s been talking with officials about hemp in North Dakota, where a pilot program to grow the crop has been in place…

The 2018 federal farm bill legalized the cultivation of industrial hemp.