US (SD): Senate and House pass medical cannabis bills, "collision looms"

South Dakota's Senate passed a spate of bills to put lawmakers' mark on the state's new voter-passed medical cannabis law.

Several of the bills approved by the Senate would ease access to medical cannabis for some patients, but House Republican lawmakers are moving in the opposite direction. On Monday, they passed a proposal that would bar patients from growing cannabis plants at home, setting up a potential collision as the Senate seeks to cap the number of homegrown plants.

Legislators this year are honing in on a law passed by voters in 2020, bringing over 30 bills addressing the medical cannabis program. They touch on everything from how many plants can be grown in patients’ homes to which state agencies can investigate medical cannabis businesses that run afoul of the law.

Republicans' ability to change the state’s new medical cannabis program will largely depend on whether House and Senate lawmakers can find consensus. So far, lawmakers who want to restrict medical cannabis hold sway in the Republican-held House, while many senators have shown a reluctance to step too heavily on a law that voters passed.

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