South Dakota Governor Vetoes Hemp Licensing Proposal

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R) is no friend of cannabis reform. (Wikimedia Commons)

PIERRE, SD — South Dakota’s Republican Governor Kristi Noem has vetoed legislation, House Bill 1191, which sought to comport state law with newly enacted provisions of the 2018 Farm Act.

The measure sought to permit state regulators to license farmers to commercially cultivate industrial hemp and sought to regulate certain products derived from hemp, including CBD-infused extracts.

In December, Congress enacted legislation descheduling hemp and hemp-derived cannabinoids from the federal Controlled Substances Act and making states the primary regulators of the plant.

Governor Noem stated in her veto: “Our state is not yet ready for industrial hemp. … [T]his bill supports a national effort to legalize marijuana for recreational use.”

Members of the House voted to successfully override the Governor’s veto, but Senators failed to obtain the two-thirds majority necessary.

Governor Noem received an ‘F’ grade in NORML’s 2019 Governors Scorecard.

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