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Medical Cannabis In South Dakota


south dakota medical marijuanaAs of today, 23 states across the United States have legalized medical marijuana for patients who need it.  The uses for medical marijuana can range from treating seizure disorders to alleviating nausea caused by cancer treatment, and a majority of doctors across the nation wish they could use it as a tool.

However, they can’t! Most states still do not allow doctors to use marijuana as a tool to help patients, and South Dakota is one of many that does not give doctors the tools they need to successfully heal their patients. But that does not mean there is not hope for the state of South Dakota, as there is legislation being introduced to the state senate this year for the legalization of medical marijuana.

The legislation being introduced is called the “James Parker Mentele Medical Cannabis Act,” which aims to allow up to 2 ounces of marijuana for patients and establishes a care giver system similar to many other systems around the nation. Yet, this is not the good news. The South Dakota legislature is not incredibly supportive of medical marijuana, and the chances of this bill passing and getting signed by the governor are incredibly low.

The good news is that there are plans for ballot initiative in the state of South Dakota for the 2016 election, which makes the legislation proposed in the state legislature a perfect spring board for this campaign.

If this ballot initiative can get enough signatures in time for the election, which advocacy groups like Students for Sensible Drug Policy will be working very hard to attain, then medical marijuana can truly be a reality in South Dakota. This means doctors will finally be able to have some of the correct tools in their utility belt, per se.

If you are interested in supporting the advocacy groups in South Dakota with this endeavor make sure to check out some of these social media links:

South Dakota Family Coalition for Compassion

South Dakota Students for Sensible Drug Policy

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Students for Sensible Drug Policy

South Dakota NORML


About Author

John Knetemann currently attends South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where he is a chapter leader for Students for Sensible Drug Policy. John has had a passion for drug policy reform since he was a senior in high school, and hasn’t looked back since. Along with his work in SSDP, he is a part of the North American Executive Board for Students For Liberty. You can find John on Twitter.

1 Comment

  1. Everyone reading this should call the whitehouse comment line at (202) 456-1111 as soon as they can and ask that the President take Marijuana off of Schedule 1. That’s what the American Medical Association (the AMA) and the American Society of Clinical Oncologists want the government to do. Marijuana is a “Wonder Drug” for Cancer patients. Cancer patients want and need it and their Physicians should have the right to prescribe it for them.

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