"They were going too far in their desire to not have a gifting economy … saying adults couldn’t share their cannabis with friends. We advocated for including sensible language that defines what sharing is and isn’t," said Matt Simon, MPP's senior legislative analyst.
"The final bill will be hundreds of thousands of dollars. In order to defend the will of the people, we’ve been working very hard to fundraise. Unlike Governor Noem, we don’t have a blank check from South Dakota taxpayers to fund our political activities," said Matthew Schweich, MPP's deputy director.
"The sky hasn't fallen in those states that have legalized. It doesn't hurt that these laws generate a lot of economic growth in the way of new jobs, new small businesses and hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue that states could really use as they recover from COVID," said Karen O'Keefe, MPP's director of state policies.
"We’re very encouraged by the changes reflected in this substitute bill. This latest draft reflects real progress made over weeks of conversations with advocates and legislators," said DeVaughn Ward, MPP's senior legislative analyst.
PODCAST: On March 3, 2021, Perkins Coie Partner Barak Cohen moderated a panel to discuss the future of the cannabis industry. Panelists included Michelle Rutter Friberg, Deputy Director of Government Relations at the National Cannabis Industry Association; Steve Hawkins, Executive Director of the Marijuana Policy Project; Yoko Miyashita, Chief Executive Officer of Leafly; and Andrew Kline, Senior Counsel of Perkins Coie and former public policy director for the National Cannabis Industry Association. This recap focuses on discussion related to the federal perspective.
According to DeVaughn Ward, senior legislative counsel at the Marijuana Policy Project, "Communities of color have faced the brunt of the war on drugs, and legalization removes some restrictions based on marijuana convictions." However, he adds that it’s important to give those communities "market opportunities, for business ownership and employment in this new market space."