Senate fails to get votes needed to override Noem’s veto on hemp bill

PIERRE, S.D. — The Senate has voted against overriding Gov. Kristi Noem’s veto of House Bill 1191, a measure to legalize industrial hemp.

In order for an override to be successful, both the House and Senate needed a two-thirds majority vote.

Earlier today the House approved overriding the veto with a vote of 55-11. The decision to override was then sent to the Senate for a vote and failed.

Gov. Noem vetoed the hemp bill on Monday evening, saying she’s concerned that it will complicate law enforcement’s ability to conduct drug searches and enforce the law. She was also upset that lawmakers did not fully add her amendment to the bill.

Legislators added most of her amendment, which created more stringent rules about how much THC industrial hemp plants could contain, among other regulations. However, they decided to keep legalization of CBD oil in the bill, matching the same move in the 2018 Farm Bill.

According to Noem, “The legislative debate makes it clear that this bill is less about helping farmers and more about commercial interest in one product:  CBD.  No other type of hemp producer or processor retained paid lobbyists this Session.”

Noem also said she’s concerned legalizing industrial hemp would make the legalization of recreational marijuana inevitable.

The 2018 Farm Bill made growing industrial hemp legal on a national scale. Additionally, 41 states have approved legislation establishing industrial hemp cultivation and production programs.

Advocates of legalization argue that South Dakota is now behind other states, and could make gains economically if industrial hemp were legalized.

After the Senate failed to vote for an override, Noem tweeted a video explaining her reasoning:

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