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Adult use of marijuana up to state’s voters again

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) –The petition for an initiated measure to legalize the use, possession, and distribution of marijuana in South Dakota has been validated for the 2024 general election. That means Initiated Measure 29 will appear on the November ballot.

In 2020, South Dakota voters legalized marijuana for medical use.

If Initiated Measure 29 passes in November, anyone over the age of 21 will be able to buy the products in this state-regulated store and others. Initiated measure 29 would allow people to be in possession of two ounces of marijuana, called cannabis flower. It is the most often-used type of marijuana and can be smoked, vaporized, and inhaled. The measure would also allow a person to possess 16 grams of concentrated cannabis.

Shops like Roy’zzz in Sioux Falls cater to customers who have state-issued medical marijuana cards

“When it comes to tincture, this is something you are going to want to do sublingually, so you are going to let it sit under your tongue for as long as possible, a bare minimum of 30 seconds,” said David Blackburn, Roy’zzz Store manager. “When it comes to gummies or any edible form, something you are going to eat, it is an edible form of cannabis,” said David Blackburn, Roy’zzz Store manager

There is also a concentrate that looks like a paste and is inhaled after being vaporized.

Blackburn says the cost of potentially legalized marijuana can vary.

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“It’s like going to a gas station, as far as the alcohol goes, there’s different kind of tiers, there is platinum beer, craft beer, and then you have the bottom of the barrel, but it ranges anywhere from a $100 per ounce up to $300 dollars,” said Blackburn.

If passed, the measure would also allow people 21 and older to legally cultivate up to six cannabis plants at home as long as the plants are in a locked space and not visible to the public. In 2020, South Dakota became the first state in the country to legalize medical cannabis and adult-use cannabis on the same ballot. But adult use was challenged in a lawsuit by Gov. Kristi Noem and rejected by voters in 2022.

Written by: Badlands Classic Rock

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