Cannabis as I see it

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The people of South Dakota have spoken. On Nov. 3, 2020, the voters passed Measure 26 with 70% of the votes in favor of legalizing marijuana for medical use.

The SD Department of Health has been working on Article 44, the rules and regulations to oversee the medical cannabis program. In the meantime, the state is now asking jurisdictions to put ordinances in place governing their applications for medical cannabis dispensaries.

Working for the newspaper, I attend county commission and city council meetings as well as meet with township individuals posting Legals for the ordinances.

There have been many puzzling comments and questions by representatives about the regulations for a dispensary, and that tells me those representatives haven’t educated themselves on the matter.

The people of South Dakota voted in favor of medical cannabis, and it’s the representatives’ job to make sure they allow it to happen in a safe manner. They also need to be educated on what they are voting on.

The representatives need to be aware of what Article 44 encompasses. A medical cannabis dispensary is a drug store with numerous security measures required by the state. When an entity raises the suggested fee from $5,000 to $50,000, requires hours of operation to be from 7 a.m. to midnight, or asks to be a dry district, you are going against the voice of the people.

Medicinal cannabis can be beneficial to individuals with AIDS, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder, many types of cancer and many other medical conditions. Patients with these conditions should be allowed to have easy or nearby access to the cannabis.

The dispensaries shouldn’t be feared. The patient/cultivators should be feared. If you ask what that is, read Article 44 or visit:
bit.ly/SDcannabis

Mike Siefker, De Smet

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