South Dakota voters just made history by legalizing medical marijuana and adult-use cannabis in one fell swoop. The recreational cannabis measure (Constitutional Amendment A) passed with 52% of the vote, and the medical measure (Initiative 26) passed with 69% of the vote.

It’s particularly significant that Amendment A passed in addition to the medical initiative because if only the medical initiative had passed, it would have likely been dismantled by the state’s conservative legislature. Protections laid out in Amendment A prevent that from happening.

Additionally, Constitutional Amendment A requires the state to establish a legal hemp program. 

Here’s what happens next.

No. Marijuana possession remains illegal…

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