Group pushes to get marijuana measures on the ballot

Published: Apr. 23, 2017 at 1:02 PM MDT
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One group is pushing to get marijuana legalization on the 2018 ballot.

New Approach South Dakota is pushing to legalize medical and recreational cannabis in the Mount Rushmore State.

New Approach South Dakota says recreational and medical marijuana would boost tax revenue for our state, and say it would create a safe, alternative medicine for patients who may suffer from epilepsy, P-T-S-D, and more.

The group has been working to gather signatures to get the measure on the ballot, and so far say they're seeing a lot of support.

Angie Albonico, Co-director of New Approach South Dakota says, "The number one thing we do is educate. We have to remember that we have to educate people that this is a medicinal plant that can be used. Actually we're seeing a lot of support, believe it or not, even though we just started this session. So I don't think the battle is going to be as hard as people think it's going to be."

But some people are still against the possibility of legalizing cannabis, including Governor Dennis Daugaard, who has said it would be a bad move for the state.

Attorney General Marty Jackley has stated in the past he would need to see three components if medical marijuana was to be legalized: F-D-A approval, to be prescribed by a South Dakota doctor, and that a South Dakota pharmacist would be dispensing it.

New Approach South Dakota is planning a kick-off event on May 2nd.

You can learn more at new approach s-d dot com.