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South Dakota governor concerned for state after medical marijuana plan scuttled by Senate

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PIERRE, S.D. (KTIV) - South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem said she's concerned for the state after a bill failed that would have blocked the implementation of a medical marijuana program this summer.

In November, voters approved Initiated Measure 26.

Noem has said since the beginning her administration didn't have enough time to organize a medical marijuana program by July 1. She initially asked for the program to be delayed by a year, before then asking for a six-month delay.

A bill was approved in the House to delay it but was amended by the Senate before the end of the legislative session. The bill ultimately died, paving the way for the medical marijuana law to go into effect on July 1.

"I hope that everyone understands that under that Initiated Measure that people can grow as much as many plants as they want to at home. They just need a prescription from a doctor and they can grow 500-1,000 plants if they wanted to. Kids of all ages will have access to marijuana and will have the ability to utilize those homegrown products as well," said Noem.

When asked if she would call a special session for the measure, the governor said she hasn't considered it.

Blake Branch

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