The South Dakota Senate Has Passed a Bill Establishing Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana; The House Is Next

South Dakota Senate passes bill defining qualifying maladies for medical marijuana; Next step is the House

The Senate unanimously approved a bill yesterday (January 19, 2023) that specifies the types of medical conditions that would warrant a patient being granted state certification for medical marijuana use.

Because they claim to lack the knowledge to do so, the South Dakota Department of Health would prefer that legislators specify the qualifying conditions.

Watertown’s Senator Lee Schoenbeck is pro-medical cannabis but believes it should be up to the health department to decide.

South Dakota Senate passes bill defining qualifying maladies for medical marijuana; Next step is the HouseSome lawmakers have predicted that medical marijuana will eventually be legalized for adult use. One lawmaker displayed information on a “pop up” clinic in a Rapid City hotel, noting that patients might save 50% by bringing a friend.

Winner Senator Erin Tobin, a nurse practitioner, has claimed that the new regulations will give her more confidence to suggest medical cannabis to her patients. She said that people had already made up their minds on the subject, therefore the only question before the Senate was how to put that decision into effect.

The vote to approve was 20 to 15. One of the House committees will be tasked with reviewing it now.

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