US (SD): Lawmakers approve cannabis legalization and taxation bills in committee

A bill to legalize cannabis in South Dakota was approved in a Senate committee, sending it to the floor. And a separate panel advanced legislation earlier in the week to set up a tax scheme for an adult-use cannabis market if legalization is enacted.

These developments come as activists continue to explore ways to end prohibition legislatively or through the ballot. South Dakota voters already approved legalization during the 2020 election, but the reform was struck down by the state Supreme Court following a challenge from the governor’s office.

Now the Senate Commerce and Energy Committee has passed SB 3 in a 5-3 vote. Sponsored by Sen. Michael Rohl (R), the bill as amended would allow adults 21 and older to purchase and possess up to two ounces of cannabis from licensed retailers.

Home cultivation would not be permitted, however, unlike under a ballot measure that activists have been collecting signatures for.

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