South Dakota Gov. Delays Medical Cannabis Citing ‘Feasibility’ Issues


2021-02-12 19:32:35 Ganjapreneur


South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is delaying the implementation of the voter-approved medical cannabis law by one year – until July 1, 2022 – because of the “feasibility” of getting the program up and running. “We are working diligently to get IM 26 implemented safely and correctly. The feasibility of getting this program up and running well will take additional time. I am thankful to our legislative leaders for helping make sure that we do this right.” – Noem in a statement The Governor’s Office said an interim committee would be created “to meet and recommend solutions before next legislative session.” The state is working with Cannabis Public Policy Consulting (CPPC) on implementing the reforms, which “has not seen a successful implementation of a medicinal marijuana program in just 8 months” – the timeframe outlined by the measure. The Governor’s Office added that CPPC has advised that no state has launched both medical and adult-use cannabis industries at the same time, although it notes the Monday Circuit Court decision to reject the adult-use initiative on the grounds it violated the state’s one-issue clause for ballot questions. “While the circuit court has ruled that Amendment A is unconstitutional,” the statement from the Governor’s Office says, “the state is still anticipating that the Supreme Court will have the opportunity to weigh in on this constitutional matter.” In a letter to officials, CPPC estimated it would take between 14 and 20 months to implement an “effective, sustainable, and functioning medical marijuana system, without any existing licensing system, while balancing the need for patient access to safe marijuana with the need for public safety, preventing underage use and divergence into the illicit market.” “Robust stakeholder engagement requires thoughtful, structured consideration that extends implementation timelines,” the letter states. “In our experience, the most successful implementations of a regulated marijuana system have prioritized public education, stakeholder outreach, and consumer safety, all of which are difficult to accomplish in an accelerated timeline.” Meanwhile, lawmakers are still crafting rules and regulations for the adult-use industry in the event the Supreme Court upholds the ballot initiative. Republican state Sen. Brock Greenfield has also indicated he has filed a cannabis-related vehicle bill that could be used to pass the language of the measure via the legislative process. The recreational measure was approved by voters last November 53% to 47% while the medical reforms passed 70% to 30%. End Authored By: TG joined Ganjapreneur in 2014 as a news writer and began hosting the Ganjapreneur podcast in 2016. He is based in upstate New York, where he also teaches media studies at a local university.
南达科他州州长Kristi Noem将选民批准的医用大麻法推迟一年实施,直到2022年7月1日,因为该项目启动并运行的“可行性”。 “我们正在努力工作,使IM 26安全和正确地实施。使这个程序启动并良好运行的可行性将需要额外的时间。我很感谢我们的立法领袖,他们帮助我们确保这件事是正确的。“--诺姆在一份声明中说 州长办公室表示,将成立一个临时委员会,“在下一届立法会议之前开会并提出解决方案”。该州正在与大麻公共政策咨询公司(CPPC)合作实施改革,该公司“在短短8个月内还没有成功实施药用大麻项目”--这是该措施规定的时间框架。州长办公室补充说,CPPC已经告知,没有任何一个州同时开展医用和成人使用大麻产业,尽管它注意到周一巡回法院以违反该州关于选票问题的一个问题条款为由拒绝成人使用大麻的倡议。 州长办公室的声明说:“虽然巡回法院裁定A修正案违宪,但州政府仍期待最高法院有机会介入这一宪法问题。” 在一封致官员的信中,CPPC估计需要14到20个月的时间来实施一个“有效、可持续和运作良好的医用大麻系统,不存在任何现有的许可证制度,同时平衡病人获得安全大麻的需要和公共安全的需要,防止未成年人使用大麻和流入非法市场。” “强大的利益相关者参与需要深思熟虑的、结构化的考虑,以延长实施时间,”信中写道。“根据我们的经验,大麻管制制度最成功的实施都将公众教育、利益相关者外联和消费者安全作为优先事项,而所有这些都很难在一个快速的时间表内完成。” 与此同时,立法者仍在为成人用品行业制定规章制度,以备最高法院支持投票提案。共和党州参议员布洛克·格林菲尔德也表示,他已经提交了一份与大麻有关的车辆法案,该法案可用于通过立法程序来通过该法案的措辞。 去年11月,这项娱乐措施获得了53%对47%的选民的支持,而医疗改革则获得了70%对30%的支持。 结束 作者: TG于2014年加入Ganjapreneur担任新闻撰稿人,2016年开始主持Ganjapreneur播客。他住在纽约州北部,并在当地一所大学教授媒体研究。