Secretary of state certifies marijuana measure for South Dakota 2010 ballot
PIERRE, South Dakota: This week the South Dakota Secretary of State certified the proposed medical marijuana measure for the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot. Supporters were required to collect a minimum of 16,776 valid signatures and approximately 30,000 signatures were filed in February 2010. The measure calls for limited use of marijuana to treat severe debilitating pain, nausea, seizures and other medical problems. If approved, patients and/or their caregivers would be allowed to possess up to 6 plants and 1 ounce of marijuana at a time. In 2006 a marijuana-related measure was defeated with a 52.3% vote against the proposed measure. The 2006 South Dakota Medical Marijuana Measure proposed allowing "persons, including minors with parental consent, with a debilitating medical condition, to be certified to grow (not more than six plants), possess (not more than one ounce) and use small amounts of marijuana for medical purposes."
- Associated Press, "Marijuana for medical use will be on November ballot," March 17, 2010
- South Dakotans for Safe Access, "South Dakota Medical Marijuana Act, 2010," accessed November 18, 2009
- South Dakota Secretary of State, "Text of Initiative Petition 2006 medical marijuana measure," accessed February 25, 2010