HB1053 passes the House Health and Human Services Committee

PIERRE, S.D.(SDBA)- On Tuesday, a South Dakota House committee passed a bill preventing physicians from certifying pregnant and breastfeeding women for a medical marijuana card.
House Bill 1053 passed the House Health and Human Services Committee on a party-line 11 to 2 vote.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Fred Deutsch (DOI-itch) from Florence, said the bill would not impact a pregnant or breastfeeding woman who already had a medical cannabis card.

Dr. Benjamin Aaker (acre), an emergency room doctor from Brandon and a supporter of the bill.

Jeremy Murphy, a lobbyist for the cannabis industry in South Dakota, said his group also supports the measure.

Bill opponent, Democratic Rep. Erin Healy from Sioux Falls.

Democratic Rep. Kameron Nelson from Sioux Falls, an opponent, said the bill interferes with the relationship between a woman and her doctor.

“Give women a time-out,” Nelson quoted one of the proponents. “That’s a scary notion.”

The bill now goes to the House for consideration.