US (SD): Lawmakers headed out of state as part of cannabis summer study

Lawmakers in South Dakota want a firsthand look at how cannabis is grown and sold where it's already legal before cannabis prohibitions are loosened here this summer.

The South Dakota Legislature's interim study committee on cannabis met this week for the first time in Pierre, taking testimony from both advocates for medical and recreational marijuana as well as law enforcement and other public officials who aren't enthusiastic about cannabis legalization.

And while lawmakers are equally divided on the topic of cannabis legalization and the necessary level of legislative response to a pair of cannabis-related ballot measures adopted by voters last fall, the 24-member summer study group reached the consensus that site visits are needed for lawmakers to get a comprehensive understanding of the country's budding pot industry.

"The topic is a very broad and diverse topic so our goal is to get everyone to a point where we can build on this information," said Sen. Bryan Breitling, the Miller Republican tapped to chair the summer study.


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