Recreational pot validated for ballot in South Dakota
The secretary of state on Wednesday validated the initiated measure for the November ballot.
Secretary of State Steve Barnett announced that a random sample of petition signatures showed that South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws, the group campaigning to legalize pot, had easily collected enough valid signatures to surpass the roughly 17,000 needed to place the initiated measure on the November ballot.
According to Matthew Schweich, the Campaign Manager for South Dakotans For Better Marijuana Laws, the petition received over 31,000 signatures, with just over 25,000 being deemed valid by the South Dakota Secretary of State’s Office.
Schweich says that the support the petition got was a combination of voters that supported recreational marijuana and those that oppose the way Amendment A was voted down in the South Dakota Supreme Court.
“It’s humbling to have such strong support from grassroots advocates who believe in cannabis reform and who believe in defending the initiative process, because a lot of people got involved in our campaign or sign these petitions not just because of cannabis legalization, but because of what happened to Amendment A,” Schweich said.
It will appear as Initiated Measure 27. The November Election is on Tuesday, November 8.