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US (SD): ‘Critical threat’ to medical cannabis falls as lawmakers consider nine cannabis bills

A Senate panel chaired by a member of the state’s Medical Marijuana Oversight Committee shot down a bill with far-reaching implications for cannabis patients.

Among nine bills that would adjust South Dakota’s medical cannabis laws this legislative session in Pierre, seven remain alive, including bills to hike the price of a dispensary license, allow police to search dispensaries, and force prescribers to notify a patient’s primary care provider about their receipt of a card.

The now-scuttled Senate Bill 82 was the most concerning for cannabis advocates, according to Jeremiah Murphy, a lobbyist for the Cannabis Industry Association of South Dakota.

It would have required citizens to get medical cannabis cards from their primary care provider or through a referral from that provider and defined what constitutes a primary care provider. Opponents argued it cleared a simpler path to criminal charges for doctors who prescribe cannabis.

Read more at southdakotasearchlight.com

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