Libertarian reaction to Amendment A and IM 26 officially making the ballot

 

Good news this year for Cannabis reform activists and patients! On November 4th 2019 the advocacy group New Approach SD turned in more than 30,000 signatures. The Medical Marijuana measure IM 26, officially made it on the ballot December 19th 2019 with over 25,000 valid signatures ( a 75% validity rate ).

But wait there’s more…

SD Constitutional Amendment A has also officially made the ballot as well! On November 4th 2019 the group sponsored by Brendan Johnson, former U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota, turned in more than 50,000 signatures. On January 6th 2020 it has been announced it has made the ballot with over 36,000 valid signatures.

South Dakotan voters will have the opportunity to decide in November, to allow Medical Marijuana or to fully legalize the whole plant. Cannabis reform hasn’t been on the ballot since 2010. Previous election results of Medical Marijuana measures…

Initiative 4 on the 2006 ballot was defeated by a vote of 52% against to 48% in favor. Initiative 13 on the 2010 ballot was defeated by a vote of 63% against to 37% in favor.

Vice-chairman of the Libertarian Party of South Dakota Greg Baldwin had this to say, “With a current Governor that can barely manage to finally support an Industrial Hemp bill, this is a great way to put the power in the hands of the people by way of a public vote.” He continued, “Having been 10 years since the last time the public has had the opportunity to vote on Cannabis reform, I think it is long overdue.” He also added, ” This is a huge 1st step for more personal freedom in South Dakota, but the work isn’t done. We have roughly 9 months to register more people, provide education and raise awareness and hopefully  motivate people to turn out and vote on November 2nd.”

The Libertarian Party of South Dakota would like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers and activists for all your hard work and effort that made this happen!!

For more Information on Initiated Measure 26 and Constitutional Amendment A please visit

https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/upcoming-elections/general-information/2020-ballot-questions.aspx

 

 

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