Recap of IM27 debate held in Watertown

WATERTOWN, S.D.(KXLG)- The general election is coming fast; on November 8th, 2022, many decisions will be finalized within South Dakota. Initiated Measure 27 is one of two significant issues on this year’s ballot. It authorizes the recreational use, possession, and distribution of cannabis to adults over 21.

KXLG News put together an open debate today with Jim Kinyon, Chairman of “Protecting South Dakota Kids,” and Matthew Schweich, South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws campaign manager.

Each speaker received 90 seconds to state a 2-minute open, one 30-second rebuttal if wanted, and a 2-minute closing statement.

Kinyon opened first.

Schweich followed.

Kinyon gave his view what a typical user is.

Schweich followed with his answer.

How does marijuana differ from opioids? Schwiech spoke first.

Kinyon’s statement.

KXLG News asked them to state the alleged positive or negative effects of marijuana use; Kinyon spoke first.

Schweich gave his statement.

Alcohol and tobacco are currently legal and scientifically proven to cause bodily and mental harm. Isn’t marijuana the “same difference?” Schweich spoke first.

Kinyon gave his statement.

The general election is on November 8th, 2022; you can visit the South Dakota Secretary of State website for more information on your local elections and a sample ballot. You are encouraged to do your own research on these critical subjects and get out and vote.