Initiated measure to legalize marijuana can be circulated

PIERRE, S.D. (KOTA TV) – Supporters of a proposed initiated measure to legalize marijuana in South Dakota can now circulate petitions.

The go-ahead comes after South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley published the official explanation that will be on the circulated petitions.

Sponsors need to collect 13,871 valid voter signatures by Nov. 6 for the measure to be placed on the ballot for the November 2018 general election.

The measure is entitled “An initiated measure to legalize all quantities of marijuana and to make other changes to State law involving marijuana.”

Click on this link to view the AG's explanation and the proposed initiated measure.

There are several other marijuana-related measures being proposed. These include decriminalizing it; legalizing and taxing certain amounts; and legalizing marijuana for medical use.

To view all the potential 2018 ballot issues, click here .

To date the AG has released explanations for the following:

1. An initiated measure requiring students to use rooms designated for the same biological sex, and requiring public schools to provide a reasonable accommodation for students whose gender identity is not the same as their biological sex

2. An initiated measure authorizing a South Dakota-licensed physician to prescribe drugs that a terminally ill patient may take for the purpose of ending life

3. An initiated measure to legalize marijuana for medical use

4. An initiated measure to legalize certain amounts of marijuana, drugs made from marijuana, and drug paraphernalia, and to regulate and tax marijuana establishments

5. An initiated measure requiring people to use certain rooms designated for the same biological sex