South Dakota Judge Blocks Pot Legalization

A South Dakota judge has struck down a voter-approved ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana in the Mount Rushmore State.

“Circuit Judge Christina Klinger ruled the measure approved by voters in November violated the state’s requirement that constitutional amendments deal with just one subject and would have created broad changes to state government,” the Rapid City Journal reports.

Voters approved the measure in November. Separately, they approved a medicinal cannabis legalization measure as well. Shortly thereafter, Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Rick Miller and Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom sued to stop cannabis legalization. They did so at the request of Gov. Kristi Noem, who is strictly opposed to cannabis legalization. Judge Klinger is a Noem appointee.

Brendan Johnson, who spearheaded the effort to get legalization on the ballot, said he will appeal the ruling before South Dakota’s Supreme Court.


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