420 with CNW – Marijuana Legalization Initiative Cleared for Signature Gathering in South Dakota

September 25, 2019 03:20:40

Marijuana legalization was given the go-ahead for signature collection in South Dakota together with a constitutional amendment meant to legalize hemp and medical marijuana. The motion was introduced in the senate by a former federal prosecutor and was backed by the MPP (Marijuana Policy  Project) and a national cannabis activist group.

The motion to legalize marijuana was filed in June by former U.S Attorney Brenda Johnson. The initiative received the green light for signature collection last week after the attorney general gave the official explanatory statement.

In an interview, Brenda Johnson said that the people of South Dakota are excited and ready to approve a medical marijuana initiative and legalization at the ballot in the coming year.

The initiative which was introduced by the former federal prosecutor would constitute measures to be observed and followed by the residents of South Dakota. The initiative would allow possession and distribution of up to one ounce of marijuana by adults who are 21 years and older. It would permit the residents to cultivate a maximum of three marijuana plants. The issues related with licensing of manufacturers, lab testing facilities and retailers would be tasked to the Department of Revenue in South Dakota.

Sale proceeds of marijuana would be taxed at 15 percent. The tax proceeds would be used to fund the implementation of the weed legalization program, with the extra amounts being used for public education and other state of South Dakota priorities.

Apart from legalizing cannabis, the motion would instruct the legislature to legalize hemp and medical marijuana.

In support of the South Dakota campaign, the Marijuana Policy Project Director, Matthew Schweich told Marijuana Moment that in the U.S., conservative states included, voters are in favour of reforming the marijuana policy. So as an organization, they have to carry out the will of the people when the officials they elected fail to support them.

For marijuana legalization, they must collect 16,961 signatures, and for the proposed constitutional amended to qualify for the ballot box in 2020, they must collect 33,921 signatures from voters. The Marijuana Policy Project involvement will boost the likelihood of the campaign to obtain the required signatures.

The initiative will not pass without resistance since the state’s Republican party are urging the citizens not to sign the petition for the 2020 ballot box while Governor Kristi is rejecting the bill for hemp legalization.

Brenda Johnson, the MPP and others who are for the campaign, “South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws” vow to work every day till the day of elections in 2020 to garner support from everyone in the state of South Dakota.

Experts think that marijuana companies like Plus Products Inc. (CSE: PLUS) (OTCQB: PLPRF) and SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING) will be hoping that voters finally get the chance to decide whether marijuana should or shouldn’t be allowed in South Dakota.

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