In Nov. 2020, about 54 percent of voters in South Dakota approved an adult-use cannabis legalization measure, while nearly 70 percent voted in favor of medical marijuana legalization.

So why are state officials fighting tooth-and-claw to undermine those votes?

In the three months since the election, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has actively supported and effort to overturn the adult-use measure in the courts. And state legislators are working to delay the legally mandated implementation of the medical marijuana law.

Taking adult-use legalization to court

Those efforts began soon after the November elections, when a South Dakota county sheriff, along with the superintendent of the state’s highway patrol, filed a lawsuit to throw out

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