Anti-cannabis governor targets hemp, saying plant too close for police

A Republican governor who strongly opposes marijuana legalization says that allowing hemp cultivation is just as problematic.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem took her argument national in The Wall Street Journal, arguing in an op-ed column that law enforcement doesn’t have the testing capacity to discern between marijuana and legal hemp, which has no more than 0.3% THC.

“Until law enforcement can quickly and affordably differentiate between marijuana and hemp, states that have legalized hemp have essentially legalized marijuana as well,” wrote Noem, who vetoed a hemp-legalization bill in her home state earlier this year.

The governor’s argument did not account for the fact that Congress removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act in last year’s Farm Bill, making hemp legal nationwide whether police agencies can easily test for it or not.

Still, the Farm Bill says that states may still elect to ban hemp cultivation.

South Dakota is one of three states with no laws on the books permitting hemp cultivation for research or commercial purposes.

Noem argues that opposing hemp cultivation is her way to oppose marijuana.

“I believe the social experiment our nation is conducting with highly potent legal weed will end poorly,” she wrote.

To read more of Noem’s op-ed column, click here.

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4 comments on “Anti-cannabis governor targets hemp, saying plant too close for police

    This old political hagg should just resign, she is a total failure and is preventing her state from prosperity. Systemic racism turns ignorant politicians into law and order evil.

  2. Tom Lehman on

    Good! More business opportunities for hemp farmers in Minnesota. Now, how do we get Wisconsin, Iowa, North and South Dakota to do the same?

  3. Louis on

    Boycott South Dakota and their backwards, prohibitionist thinking!

    Governor Noem, your political career will end poorly! You’ll be forgotten, but The hemp industry and legal cannabis will be around forever.

  4. Rick on

    Well she’s right about one thing, keeping cannabis illegal ended poorly for war on drugs proponents like Governor Noem. Hemp is legal, cannabis will be soon, so she and people like her are just going to have to find a way to deal with it.

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