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MARIJUANA

Opponents of the proposal call it "a step backward" in the state's nascent medicinal cannabis program.
Taxes, cannabis and legislative minutiae. Here is some of what you may have missed during the second week of session in Pierre.
Rep. Fred Deutsch, an opponent of last year's failed cannabis ballot measure, introduced a proposal to disallow consecutive attempts at statewide referenda. A House committee rejected the bill 10-2.
A proposal adding qualifying conditions covered by medical cannabis, which emerged from the Medical Marijuana Oversight Committee last summer, has passed its first committee hurdle.

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A South Dakota circuit court judge explained the trooper’s search based on spotting what the patrolman believed were marijuana "roaches" did not provide probable cause to search the vehicle.
Expanded supply of marijuana won't change the policies and practice of Sioux Falls Police Department
The measure would legalize the 'possession, use, and distribution' of up to one ounce of marijuana in the state.
A nearby property owner submitted a letter recommending denial of the dispensary, claiming it’s a residential area that should not have a marijuana dispensary despite it being located in a central business district.
Unlike the mayors of Sioux Falls and Rapid City, who recently voiced their opposition to recreational marijuana, Mitchell Mayor Bob Everson is staying neutral on Initiated Measure 27 and said taking a stance on a ballot measure before an election is not one of his roles.
Though the pardons are expected to impact nearly 6,600 people, data from the United States Sentencing Commission indicates only 46 South Dakotans are eligible to receive a pardon.

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The South Dakota Legislature would have to decide how to regulate recreational marijuana if IM27 passes. But Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken raises the city's power of home rule as a potential tool to limit pot sales.
“We didn’t want to give up on Mitchell. We found a good building, and we hope the community will find the rehabilitation of that building will be a benefit to Mitchell,” Emmett Reistroffer said of the company's plan to transform the vacant building that housed Overtime Steakhouse.
Genesis Farms – a South Dakota cannabis company – has its sights on bringing downtown Mitchell its first marijuana dispensary at a new location inside the Overtime Steakhouse building.

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