Local officials react to South Dakota Supreme Court Amendment A decision

RAPID CITY, S.D.– In a four-to-one vote, the South Dakota Supreme Court ruled that the way the amendment was presented to voters was unconstitutional.

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South Dakota’s constitution requires amendments to cover only one subject, which was the key factor that led to the decision.

“If you’re going to put something on the ballot, you need to follow the guidance that was given in 2018, with Amendment Z,” Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom explained. “When the voters of South Dakota spoke and said we want a single topic per amendment, and that’s what this does.”

Mayor of Rapid City Steve Allender also weighed in, seeing it as a way for residents to look into the subject a little more.

“What this means, I think, is that South Dakotans will get a fair opportunity in the future to weigh the benefits and costs of recreational marijuana separately.”

Despite including medical marijuana in the amendment, the decision today will have no effect on the current proceedings regarding the city’s future dispensaries.

Residents could see a push for legalizing it once again in 2022 but law enforcement is not so eager, looking to see how the city handles the medical marijuana situation first.

“I think it’s important that we get our legs under us first with medical marijuana,” Sheriff Thom stated. “Before we rush down this path of recreation or legalized marijuana.”

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