Marijuana advocates hope ballot measures can ease South Dakota’s restrictions on the drug.
Organizations have submitted two proposals to the Legislative Research Council that could potentially wind up on the 2016 presidential election ballot.
One would establish protections for medical marijuana. The other would ease some of the punishments for recreational users.
“Decriminalization would ease that burden for the legal system to prosecute real problems, like methamphetamine and rape,” said Ryan Gaddy, administrator for South Dakotans Against Prohibition. “Non-violent offenders aren’t hurting anybody.”
Organizers would still need to gather about 25,000 signatures to get the proposals on the ballot, Gaddy said. He hopes to have petitions ready to circulate in late April or early May. [Read more from the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader]