South Dakota marijuana advocates launch ballot initiative campaign

October 12, 2021

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Advocates for legalizing recreational marijuana in South Dakota are trying for a second time to legalize cannabis possession and cultivation for adults through a ballot iniative.

South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws says it will launch a signature-gathering campaign in the coming days after Secretary of State Steve Barnett approved a ballot initiative proposal for circulation Tuesday.

The group has less than a month to collect nearly 17,000 signatures from South Dakota voters to meet a deadline to place the issue on next year’s ballot.

The state Supreme Court is still weighing the fate of a constitutional amendment that would have legalized cannabis for adults.