Activists work to defend medical cannabis law; 2024 ballot could be another battleground
After defending the voter-approved medical cannabis law in the state legislative session earlier this year, activists may need to mobilize again after opponents filed a 2024 ballot initiative proposal in July to repeal the state’s medical cannabis program.
At the same time, as neighboring Minnesota’s adult-use cannabis legalization program opens up, activists are hopeful to make another attempt at legalizing cannabis for adult use in 2024 when voter turnout should be more favorable for the issue.
After a lawsuit overturned a 2020 ballot initiative in South Dakota to legalize cannabis, MPP led the charge to put the issue back on the ballot in November 2022. Unfortunately, the statutory initiative that would have legalized cannabis for adults known as Measure 27, was defeated 52.9% to 47.1% in the 2022 midterm election where voter turnout was significantly lower than 2020.
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MPP has played a leading role in enacting 10 of the 18 state legalization laws, along with numerous decriminalization and medical cannabis laws. In 2021, a record number of states legalized legislatively, and we laid groundwork for future victories in other states. This year, the movement achieved victories in ...