US (SD): Lawmakers reject a handful of medical pot rules

South Dakota lawmakers on Monday rejected a handful of rules proposals governing medical cannabis from Gov. Kristi Noem’s administration but approved the bulk of the program.

The Legislature’s Rules Review Committee, which is responsible for approving administration rules, effectively told the Department of Health to try again on a number of controversial rule proposals. Most of the Department of Health’s 124-page proposal got the sign-off from the Legislature, spelling out rules ranging from fees for cardholders to the heights of fences around cannabis growing facilities.

The rules they rejected included proposals that would have limited the amount of high-potency cannabis that patients could possess, required medical practitioners to write a recommendation for patients who wanted to grow more than three cannabis plants, and defined a list of conditions that would qualify for a medical cannabis recommendation.

The law allowing medical cannabis, passed by 70% of voters last year, has seen a halting acceptance from officials trying to balance a clear mandate from voters while placing restrictions on medical cannabis. The rules set a $75 application fee for medical cannabis cards and discount the fee to $20 for low-income applicants. It also sets a state licensing fee of $5,000 for any medical cannabis facility.


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