SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP/KOTA TV) - Gov. Kristi Noem says she won't veto legislation allowing hemp to be grown in the state.
Noem announced that she won't veto a hemp bill provided it contains four “guardrails" she provided to lawmakers.
“Today, I am outlining for the legislature a path forward – four guardrails, if you will – on hemp. These include: 1) reliable enforcement standards; 2) responsible regulations regarding licensing, reporting, and inspections; 3) an appropriate plan for safe transportation; and 4) an adequate funding plan," Noem said in a release.
Noem made it clear she wants the crop to be tightly regulated, with government agencies providing licenses and inspections. She also wants legislators to come up with a way to pay for the hemp program.
“Given all that we need to accomplish this session, if we can get this done in the coming weeks, it would be a good way to kick off this year’s legislative session,”
The Legislature convenes Tuesday, Jan. 14.