South Dakota remains on the conservative side of cannabis. In early 2017 a bill was introduced to provide reciprocity for individuals with a valid card from another state. In addition, SB 96 was introduced to have CBD removed from being considered a marijuana product.
Senate Bill 95 removes cannabidiol (CBD oil) from the definition of marijuana and mark it a Schedule IV controlled substance. Unfortunately, the bill included a requirement that any recommended CBD oil be approved by the Food and Drug Administration, which would indefinitely curtail access to CBD oil in South Dakota.
New Approach South Dakota came close to putting a measure on the 2016 ballot, falling shy due in part to a notary error. Now, the group is working to put medical marijuana on the 2018 ballot
A petition circulating in the Secretary of State’s office seeks to legalize the drug for medical while another will attempt to legalize certain amounts of marijuana for adult use and to regulate and tax marijuana establishments.