Gov. Noem talks medical marijuana, coronavirus vaccination efforts

PIERRE, S.D. — Lawmakers in Pierre are working to come up with a plan to implement legal marijuana in the state. With recreational marijuana tied up in lawsuits, the state said this week it will need more time to allow for medical marijuana.

Governor Kristi Noem talked on Thursday about how long is needed to get marijuana programs off the ground. The consulting firm hired by the state puts it at 14 to 20 months.

Noem stresses the need to launch the program correctly.

“Once we implement this process on the medical side – and because it is a medical issue – I want to make sure were doing the right thing for people and getting them the help they need as soon as possible, but also making sure its well regulated well run and its done correctly,” Noem said.

Amendment A, which calls for the implementation of both recreational and medical marijuana, was deemed unconstitutional this week by a judge – but the state is moving forward as if recreational is still coming down the pipeline.

The governor has promised to honor the will of the voters. She also addressed the state’s COVID-19 vaccine efforts.

As we previously reported, the Department of Health has partnerships with pharmacies in the state – 13 of them, all East River.

“Its specifically tied to partners within these pharmacy companies that were willing to partner in getting the vaccines distributed; I had not heard that none were West River. So let me look into that and see if we can get some answers for folks out there,” Noem added.

The Department of Health has also dropped the age of those eligible for vaccines to 70.

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