Marijuana issues to be discussed in this year’s legislative session

PIERRE, S.D.(WNAX)- So far, South Dakota legislators have pre-filed at least thirty-eight bills dealing with marijuana in some form.

Dave Owen, President of the State Chamber of Commerce and Industry, says they and other business groups will be heavily involved in that issue.

Owen says adding medical marijuana is another complication.

Owen says since marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, companies dealing with federal contracts have another set of rules.

The state Health Department has started to issue medical marijuana cards, but no local growers or dispensaries have been licensed yet.