Election Night 2020 has the potential to be a monumental night for cannabis reform, but several of the ballot initiatives aren’t as clear-cut as they may seem.
As National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Executive Director Erik Altieri tells Benzinga, the quirks to these initiatives aren’t because of cannabis. Rather, it’s often the state’s legislative framework.
NORML supports legalization efforts in each state but expects more work to come even if the initiatives pass.
South Dakota could head into uncharted territory in November when citizens vote on both medical and adult-use legalization on two separate initiatives.
“No state has passed [adult use] legalization before passing a medical program,” Altieri said, calling South Dakota “an incredibly unique situation.”
If both bills pass, South Dakota will be tasked with creating parallel markets, providing patients and adult consumers with their own set of rules. Altieri also noted that adult-use could fail to pass while medical appears to have strong support.
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