Local group working on a medical marijuana bill

Published: Dec. 9, 2018 at 10:15 PM CST
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As 2018 comes to a close people are preparing for the next legislative session. New Approach South Dakota is one group with plans to present a new bill to allow medical marijuana in South Dakota.

The group holds monthly meetings to discuss what they are working on and future plans like the bill they hope to introduce in January. New Approach hopes that the bill can pass with enough signatures to be on the ballot in 2020. As the team in Sioux Falls spends the next few weeks writing the language of the bill they also take into account suggestions that members send in when deciding what should be included.

"We like to get input from all of the volunteers, all of our patients anybody interested in the cause to know what's important to them, you know, 'cause of course our patients are the most important basis they're what we're doing this for so what's important to them we want to make sure that's in the bill," says Tabitha Fitch, West River coordinator for NASD.

New Approach hopes that this will help not only people who need medicinal marijuana, but others in the state as well.

While they still have to write the bill they do have plans for the revenue that would come in if their bill passed.

"We plan on putting you know the revenue towards things like schools and infrastructure and road safety. So those are our plans to kind of help South Dakota. Start with schools and go from there," says Fitch.

The goal they have for this bill is to provide patients with a legal alternative to pharmaceuticals, especially opioids.