The home of Mount Rushmore is also home to one of the most stringent anti-cannabis laws in the United States.
South Dakota outlaws the use of most cannabis, even possessing or ingesting any amount for medicinal purposes. In 2017, the governor signed SB 95, which included cannabidiol to the list of Schedule IV controlled substances and excluded it from the definition of marijuana. This move downgraded the seriousness of CBD products from Schedule I (which would put it in the same category as heroin and LSD) to Schedule IV (prescription drugs with low potential for abuse).
But the bill sanctions only the sales of CBD products approved by the FDA, which still deems CBD as a Schedule I drug, effectively halting sales in the state.
But the latest version of the Farm Bill, approved in December 2018, may finally open the door for CBD sales in South Dakota. The bill seeks to remove THC and CBD products from Schedule I status.
Meanwhile, cannabis proponents for years have been fervently pushing for support on medical marijuana through billboards, an informational summit, and numerous attempts at legislation, but have failed to gather enough signatures to place it on the ballot.
The latest push occurred in 2018 when supporters pushed to include the South Dakota Medical Marijuana Initiative in the Nov. 6 election. They unfortunately came up about 4,400 signatures short of including the measure on the ballot.
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This page was last updated on February 26, 2019.