Bill to legalize recreational marijuana defeated in House Committee

PIERRE, S.D.(KJJQ)- The House State Affairs Committee Monday morning killed a bill that would have legalized recreational marijuana in South Dakota.

The bipartisan SB3 had narrowly passed in the Senate.

Proponents say adult use marijuana will be on the ballot again in November. Jeremiah Murphy is lobbyist for the Cannabis Industry Association of South Dakota. He says recreational marijuana is the will of the people.

Paul Bachand represents the South Dakota States Attorneys Association.  Bachand says legalization will not do away with the black market.

Representative Phil Jensen spoke against the bill.

The measure was killed on a 8-3 vote.

Voters approved recreational marijuana legalization through a ballot measure in 2020. However, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem challenged its constitutionality and the state Supreme Court ruled to nullify it last year.