South Dakota legislative session enters week three

January 22, 2024

PIERRE, S.D.–More medical cannabis and crime bills are before legislators as the third week of the session begins today.

This morning, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee is scheduled to consider a bill that would modify the standards for a bona fide practitioner-patient relationship to obtain a medical marijuana card.

The House Education Committee is set to consider a bill that would establish parameters for reimbursing school districts that provide free or reduced-price meals.

The Joint Appropriations Committee has budget hearings on the Board of Regents, SDSU, Dakota State University, and the School for the Deaf.

The Senate is considering two more bills on medical marijuana. One bill establishes procedures for fines and probation against medical cannabis establishments. The other bill removes the prohibition on law enforcement and other government entities to inspect and search medical cannabis facilities.

Today is the ninth of 38 scheduled legislative days.