South Dakota Voters Legalize Medical and Recreational Marijuana
Voters in South Dakota today said yes to legalizing both medical and recreational marijuana. With 80 percent of precincts reporting, more than two-thirds of voters favored Initiated Measure 26, which allows patients with a physician-certified “debilitating medical condition” to use marijuana as a medicine. Constitutional Amendment A, which allows recreational use and creates a licensing system for commercial production and distribution, was winning by five points.
South Dakota joins 33 other states that already recognized cannabis as a medicine, including its neighbors North Dakota, Montana, and Minnesota. Mississippi voters also approved a medical marijuana initiative today, bringing the total to 35. South Dakota is the 14th state to allow recreational use, joining New Jersey and Arizona, where voters approved legalization today, and 11 other states that had already taken that step. It is the first state without an existing medical marijuana program to approve broader legalization
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