This November, the legalization of medical marijuana will be on the ballot in South Dakota. It’s been put before the voters before, but was rejected in 2006. This year, the ballot initiative, Initiated Measure 13, has made changes to the proposed medical marijuana law.
According to the Medical Marijuana Blog, Measure 13 would allow people registered with the South Dakota Department of Health to use, cultivate and distribute medical marijuana, with the following restrictions:
* Registration to use, possess and cultivate marijuana would require a certification from a physician that the registrant has a debilitating medical condition and that the potential benefits of the marijuana use would likely outweigh the health risks
* Minors may be registered with parental consent
* Patients will be allowed to cultivate up to 6 plants
* Patients may, alternatively, designate another person to cultivate, possess, and distribute marijuana for their use
* The designated grower must register with the Department and may provide only a limited amount of marijuana for a maximum of five registrants
* Schools, employers and landlords may not refuse to enroll, employ, or lease based upon marijuana registration unless required by federal law
* The proposed law does not require that a registrant be allowed to use marijuana in a workplace or on property owned by another
* Patients and/or their caregivers would be allowed to possess up to 6 plants and 1 ounce of marijuana at a time
Here’s hoping South Dakotans make the right call at the polls next month.