SD advocates submit signatures to put recreational marijuana on ballot

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Proponents of legalizing adult-use marijuana in South Dakota have turned in thousands of signatures to the state secretary’s office, which could be enough to put the issue on the November ballot.

An advocacy group, South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws, turned in roughly 25,000 signatures, according to TV station KEVN.

They needed to gather 16,961 valid signatures by May 3 to land the question of adult-use marijuana on the ballot.

The petition now goes to the Secretary of State’s office to review the signatures.

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Although Amendment A legalized recreational marijuana in November 2020, that measure was struck down as unconstitutional by a state backed lawsuit.

In March, efforts to legalize adult-use marijuana suffered another setback when a House of Representatives committee dismissed a legalization bill by an 8-3 vote.