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New Approach South Dakota and South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws, two grassroots organizations seeking to legalize recreational and medical marijuana, kicked off their campaigns Wednesday to support IM 26 and Constitutional Amendment A. 

 

IM 26 would legalize medical marijuana while Constitutional Amendment A would legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults, tax the substance and force the legislature to create an industrial hemp program.  

 

On Wednesday, the two groups rolled out 50 endorsements for the changes including former US Attorney for South Dakota Brendan Johnson and former Ronald Reagan staffer Chuck Parkinson among others.  Those endorsing marijuana legalization tout the tax revenue it would bring into the state as well as tax dollar savings in regards to a smaller prison population. You can read the full list here.

 

Director of New Approach South Dakota, Melissa Mentele talked about what the initiated measure on the ballot actually does...

 

 

 

 

Matt Schweich with the Marijuana Policy Project, a group who helped South Dakotan's for Better Marijuana Laws get Constitutional Amendment A on the ballot, says this is what the people of South Dakota want...

 

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