South Dakota’s debate over industrial hemp is not over

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The sponsor of a bill to legalize industrial hemp production in South Dakota says supporters will try to overcome Republican Gov. Kristi Noem's veto of the measure.

Democratic Rep. Oren Lesmeister says the override attempt would come Tuesday, a day after Noem rejected the measure. Lesmeister says the veto wasn't surprising, but that some of Noem's comments were.

Noem said in her veto message that "normalizing" hemp was part of a bigger strategy to make marijuana legalization inevitable. She says the bill would make law enforcement's job more difficult.

A successful veto override appears unlikely. The bill fell short of passing through the Senate with the two-thirds support that would be needed.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says at least 41 states have enacted hemp growing and production programs.