South Dakota Supreme Court Wednesday upheld the cancellation of the lower court A voter-approved amendment to the state’s constitution that would have legalized recreational marijuana use.
why it matters: The ruling is a major blow to legalization advocates and a victory for Government Christie Noem (R), who strongly opposes recreational marijuana use in the state.
About 54% of voters in South Dakota Last year an amendment was approved in which legalized recreational marijuana And the state legislature was required to pass laws that would legalize the use of medical marijuana and the sale of cannabis.
- Noem, who is running for re-election, opposed the amendment during the campaign and took steps to block it after a majority of voters approved it.
- Lawyers representing state law enforcement officials sued on behalf of Noem’s administration to overturn the amendment, arguing that it violates the state’s requirement that constitutional amendments deal with only one subject.
- A lower court sided with law enforcement officials in February and overturned the amendment, according to Sioux Falls Argus Leader,
big picture: South Dakota voters approved a separate ballot measure last November that also legalized medical marijuana, and it went without challenge and was supported by state lawmakers last month.
- The decision comes despite recent changes in the acceptance of recreational marijuana use in the US, according to Gallup,
- New Mexico became the 16th state to legalize the drug in April.
- Rape. Nancy Mays (RSC) introduced legislation last week to federally decriminalize and tax marijuana, though it would defer to states on matters of regulation.
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