Update on medical marijuana bills in the S.D. Senate

PIERRE, S.D. (SDBA) — The speeding legislative train to change medical marijuana laws in the state ended up on a siding, slowing the change process down Wednesday.

The Senate Health and Human Services committee killed two of the three medical marijuana bills on its agenda and amended the other.

The committee killed SB82, which would have required that a patient have a relationship with a medical practitioner to obtain a medical marijuana card.

The committee also killed HB1036, which would have required medical cannabis dispensaries to post a notice that being a medical marijuana cardholder can make it illegal to buy or own a firearm under federal law.

Both were sent to the 41st legislative day.

Only HB1024 got through the committee gauntlet but was amended to make the notice of the federal restriction of firearm ownership a checkbox rather than a signature.

It passed 7 to 0. It now goes to the Senate for further consideration.  HB1024 passed the House in a different form.