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An Initiated Measure to Authorize the Possession, Use and Cultivation of Marijuana by and for Persons with Specified Debilitating Medical Conditions Registered with the Department of Health

South Dakota Ballot Measure - Initiated Measure 13

Election: Nov. 2, 2010 (General)
Outcome: Failed

Marijuana Legalization
Health and Health Care


Argument For


Argument Against


    The proposed initiated measure would change state law to legalize marijuana possession, use, distribution and cultivation by persons registered with the South Dakota Department of Health. These activities remain illegal under federal law.

    Registration to use, possess and cultivate marijuana would require a certification from a physician that the registrant has a debilitating medical condition and that the potential benefits of the marijuana use would likely outweigh the health risks. Minors may be registered with parental consent. The registrant may designate another person to cultivate, possess, and distribute marijuana for the registrant's use. The designee must register with the Department and may provide only a limited amount of marijuana for a maximum of five registrants.

    Schools, employers and landlords may not refuse to enroll, employ, or lease based upon marijuana registration unless required by federal law. The proposed law does not require that a registrant be allowed to use marijuana in a workplace or on property owned by another.

    A vote "Yes" is for legalizing marijuana for registrants and designees.

    A vote "No" is against the proposed law.

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