Noem won’t veto hemp legislation provided ‘guardrails’ met

PIERRE, S.D. (KJJQ) – As recently as late last year, Governor Kristi Noem continued to say she would veto any bill legalizing hemp production that hit her desk.

That changed Thursday as the governor issued a video that proposes a path forward for legalizing industrial hemp. Noem says things have changed.

Noem says she won’t veto a hemp bill provided it contains four “guardrails” she provided to lawmakers.

House Majority Leader Lee Qualm has said he’d like to get the hemp bill passed early in session. Noem seems to agree.

The Legislative session begins Tuesday.