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Senate postpones hearing on industrial hemp legislation

The South Dakota  state senate announced a decision Monday, that the committee scheduled to hear testimony on a bill which would legalize industrial hemp production has been delayed.  The measure was scheduled to be debated today.  Governor Kristi Noem’s office reached out to lawmakers formally asking them to delay debate so more information, including a fiscal note, could be delivered to lawmakers.  Governor Noem has come out and asked the legislature to shelve the legislation because she feels it is a gateway to legalizing marijuana, despite hemp and marijuana’s differences.  The legislation passed the house already by a resounding 65-2 mark.