South Dakota's Amendment Legalizing Recreational Weed Is Unconstitutional, Judge Says

South Dakota was one of five states to vote for cannabis-focused ballot initiatives during November elections, with around 54% of voters supporting it.

Now, instead of implementing the new law and setting up regulations for the burgeoning industry, a state judge says the measure is unconstitutional.

Why?

The initiative violates the Mount Rushmore State’s requirement that constitutional amendments deal with just one subject, circuit judge Christina Klinger ruled (h/t the Associated Press).

South Dakota Governor Kristi first challenged the amendment, and ordered a lawsuit to overturn the adult-use portion of the ballot results in January.

is a revision as it has far-reaching effects on the basic nature of South Dakota’s governmental system,” Klinger, wrote in her ruling.

Klinger was appointed as a circuit court judge by …

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