SMOKED OUT: Legislators resurrect bill that would legalize recreational marijuana

The bill now needs a majority vote on Wednesday, to be placed on calendar to be heard on the House floor.

PIERRE, S.D. — A bill that would legalize recreational marijuana has been successfully revived in the South Dakota State House of Representatives.

Needing a 1/3 vote, SB 3 was smoked out today, narrowly receiving enough votes to be considered to be put on the calendar to be heard on the floor.

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Senate Bill 3 was struck down in the House State Affairs Committee on Monday by a vote of 8-3. On Tuesday, it received the 24 votes needed to send it to the full house for consideration on the calendar.

Supporters of the bill are trying to get ahead of the voters, who could see another measure on the ballot to legalize marijuana in November.

“We need to have this conversation out in the public and so we can move it along either way,” said State Representative Greg Jamison of District 12. “Whether the voters you know, pass an initiated measure on their own or we institute Senate Bill 3.”

Legislators say that even if it doesn’t pass, Senate Bill 3 could serve as a yardstick for getting South Dakota’s Recreational Marijuana Program in place, if and when the time does come.

“If voters decide to legalize recreational marijuana, we have senate bill three, we have legislation ready to go so we could move quickly if the voters say they want to move forward with recreational marijuana,” said State Senator Helene Duhamel of District 32.

The bill now needs a majority vote on Wednesday, to be placed on calendar to be heard.

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