about medical marijuana
in South Dakota
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The Status of Cannabis Legalization in South Dakota
Cannabis in South Dakota is illegal for all purposes, and possession of small amounts is a misdemeanor crime. South Dakota is the only U.S. state which outlaws ingestion of controlled substances. Testing positive for cannabis can be a felony offense.
The South Dakota Medical Marijuana Initiative was not on the ballot in South Dakota as an initiated state statute on November 6, 2018. The measure would have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Patients would have been able to receive medical marijuana for certain debilitating medical conditions under the measure. The South Dakota Department of Health would have been responsible for regulating medical marijuana if the initiative had reached the ballot and passed.
The initiative was designed to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. Patients would have been able to receive medical marijuana for certain debilitating medical conditions. Debilitating medical conditions would have included the following:
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
- Hepatitis C
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Crohn’s disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Ulcerative colitis
- Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
A chronic or medical condition that produces any of the following symptoms would also have been considered a debilitating medical condition:
- Cachexia or wasting syndrome
- Severe debilitating pain
- Severe nausea
- Seizures or severe and persistent muscle spasms including those characteristics of multiple sclerosis
Additionally, any resident of South Dakota would have been able to petition the department of health to add a serious medical condition or treatment to the list of qualifying medical conditions. The department would have been required to approve or deny a petition within 180 days.