South Dakota group petitions for marijuana measures on 2018 ballot

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA-TV) - The date 4-20 is well known in pop culture as Weed Day, and usually used as a day to protest marijuana laws. While there weren’t any protests in South Dakota, one group is trying to get some measures concerning cannabis use on the 2018 ballot.

New Approach South Dakota is working hard to get two measures passed, one for recreational use of marijuana, and one for medical use. Today, the South Dakota Secretary of State granted petitions for both measures.

Co-Director Angie Albonico says one of the biggest hurdles New Approach South Dakota faces is connecting with all of the voters in South Dakota.

“A lot of South Dakotans want this change,” said Albonico, “but we have a hard time reaching everyone.”

Albonico believes there is a pressing need for both measures to be on the 2018 ballot.

"We have thousands of South Dakotans who suffer from debilitating conditions. That is our number one goal, we want to help patients of South Dakota,” said Albonico. “Number two, we need recreation for tax money. Our state needs taxes."

Petitions can be signed at the May 2 kick-off party at Black Hills Vinyl in Rapid City from 6-8 p.m. For more information visit New Approach South Dakota on Facebook.