Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Watered-down cannabis bill passes SD Senate

With bipartisan support, South Dakota Senate Bill 171 legalizing cannabidiol passed 20-15.

Sen. Blake Curd, a physician from Sioux Falls, said some people could give him "a hard time for supporting the use of the marijuana derivative, but he doesn't care because it could help." Sen. Bruce Rampelberg of Rapid City who sponsored the bill as chair of the Health and Human Services Committee said SB171 allows CBD as a treatment for epilepsy. Curd said lawmakers want to protect life at all cost and SB171 is the very least the legislature could do. In committee Curd added the amendment to SB171 that stripped all other forms of cannabis from the bill.

Even arch-conservative Betty Olson voted to pass saying there are many medications more dangerous to children than CBD is.

In accordance with the kurtz template South Dakota's legislature snuffed out industrial cannabis.

It's not impossible that SB171 will be hog-housed later in the session to further relax South Dakota's draconian cannabis laws.

Thanks to Dana Ferguson of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and Kealey Bultena from Bill Janklow's idea of public radio for their coverage of the 2016 legislative session.

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