US (SD): Petition to remove most of Butte County Commission over MMJ rules fails

A petition circulated by a group called ‘Concerned Citizens of Butte County’ (CCBC) has failed in its goal to remove 4/5ths of the Butte County Commission from office.

According to a record of the complaint submitted to Butte County State’s Attorney LeEllen McCartney, the group accused commissioners Stan Harms, James Ager, Frank Walton, and Karrol Hermann of gross negligence and gross partiality with respect to their handling of matters relating to medical cannabis in the county.

“These are just a few infractions that we have documented over the past months,” reads the unsigned complaint. “For these infractions, we believe that the county commissioners listed should be removed from office and a special election held during the 2024 election for their replacements.”

The complaint, itself unsigned, was accompanied by four pages of 120 signatures on petitions circulated by Dale Simanton of Newell, Travis Ismay, also of Newell, and Katie Hoffmann, of Belle Fourche. Of these 120 signatures, the State’s Attorney’s Office was able to verify that 110 were valid resident taxpayer signatures.


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