South Dakota lawmakers will not allow qualifying medical marijuana patients to use telehealth to consult with doctors or receive recommendations for the medicine.

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The move is in contrast to other states with MMJ programs that have been adding telemedicine consultations during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow patients to receive recommendations for medical marijuana and not have to visit a doctor in person.

At least two dozen states allow telemedicine for medical marijuana recommendations.

According to Sioux Falls TV station KELO, South Dakota’s House voted 38-30 against a bill that would have allowed telemedicine, even though 69% of voters approved medical marijuana in the November election.

The telemedicine defeat follows other efforts to stymie or slow the rollout of medical and recreational cannabis legalization in South Dakota.