SOME FACTS ABOUT CANNABIS LAWS IN SOUTH DAKOTA
- November 13, 2018
When you lay the facts on the table, you have to admit that the entire debate over marijuana has been quite remarkable, especially when you consider how long it has lasted. Since the 1970s, people have been pioneering for the legalization of the little green plant, and 2018 has certainly boasted an impressive series of events in support of cannabis. During the midterm election, Missouri and Utah legalized medical marijuana, while Michigan became the 10th state to approve recreational use of pot. However, while North Dakota (another northern state) does allow medical cannabis, its next-door neighbor South Dakota does not appear to be so lenient (at least for now). Let’s take a closer look at some facts about cannabis laws in the Mount Rushmore State.
A sparsely populated state, South Dakota is a gateway to a more violent and aggressive time in U.S. history, when settlers and Native Americans clashed over territory disputes. In fact, one of the bloodiest battles in our country, the Battle of Wounded Knee, was fought on indigenous land in South Dakota. However, tourists today can enjoy the sweeping grasslands and hills of this beautiful state, which still serves as a portal into the Old West. Still, visitors and locals alike recognize South Dakota as the site of Mount Rushmore, the iconic mountain carving depicting four of our greatest presidents (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln).
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Unlike its northern cousin, South Dakota is unwavering in its marijuana policies and enforces some of the harshest regulations on the drug in our country. In fact, one resource even called it the worst state in the United States for marijuana users. While carrying two ounces will only result in a misdemeanor, possession of any larger amount can result in severe punishment. In fact, carrying weed paraphernalia in South Dakota can result in 30-day imprisonment and a minimum fine of $500. Nevertheless, state lawmakers did attempt to legalize medical marijuana by placing a new issue on the ballot in 2016, but the amendment was ultimately rejected by the Secretary of State.
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