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SD House uses ‘smokeout’ to snuff out medical marijuana provision

Move would criminalize medical use of marijuana without a prescription
South Dakota lawmakers continue to tweak medical marijuana laws.
South Dakota lawmakers continue to tweak medical marijuana laws.(WDAM)
Published: Feb. 25, 2022 at 8:35 AM MST
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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota House Republican lawmakers have revived a bill to rid the state’s medical marijuana law of a provision that allows patients with debilitating medical conditions to avoid criminal charges for pot possession if they have not obtained a marijuana identification card.

The bill has already passed the Senate. It was dismissed Wednesday by a House committee. But the bill was resurrected Thursday with support from one-third of the House in a maneuver called a “smokeout.”

It would still need support from at least half the House to get a vote in the chamber.

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