SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The South Dakota Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a decrease courtroom’s ruling that nullified a voter-handed modification to the state structure that will have legalized recreational marijuana use.
Gov. Kristi Noem instigated the authorized struggle to strike down the modification passed by voters in November. Though the Republican governor opposed marijuana legalization as a social unwell, her administration’s arguments in courtroom centered on technical violations to the state structure.
The excessive courtroom sided with these arguments in a 4-1 choice, ruling that the measure — Amendment A — would have violated the state’s requirement that constitutional amendments cope with only one topic.
“It is clear that Amendment A contains provisions embracing at least three separate subjects, each with distinct objects or purposes,” Chief Justice Steven Jensen wrote within the majority opinion, which discovered recreational marijuana, medical marijuana and hemp every to be separate points.
About 54% of voters had accredited the constitutional modification final 12 months. But Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Rick Miller sued on Noem’s behalf. Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom additionally joined the lawsuit. The excessive courtroom dominated that the regulation enforcement officers didn’t have standing to sue, however as a result of Noem licensed Miller’s swimsuit, they handled it as if Noem introduced the lawsuit herself. [Read More @ NPR]