South Dakota Senate passes bill that would legalize recreational marijauna

A slim vote in the South Dakota Senate on SB 3 now leaves it in the hands of the South Dakota House of Representatives.

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Senate narrowly passed a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state.

MarijuanaBy a vote of 18-17, the Senate passed SB 3, which now heads over to the House.

Senator Lee Schoenbeck came forward with a motion for a recount, to see if any lawmakers wanted to “switch their vote”, but later retracted the motion.

Proponents felt that it was an opportunity to go ahead of a curve before it would potentially go to a vote of the people.

“There’s two bodies of thought here,” said State Senator Helene Duhamel. “Do you want to be proactive and try to do something in advance, or at this point, we’re close enough to November my thinking, why not wait and see what the voters want on that next step toward  recreational?”

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