A South Dakota marijuana legalization petition has been approved by Attorney General Marty Jackley. On May 17, 2017, Jackley issued an Attorney General Explanation for the initiative that aims to legalize all quantities of marijuana and have the South Dakota Department of Agriculture establish a regulatory system for recreational marijuana.
The attorney general is required by the state to issue explanations for proposed initiatives, so his explanation is not considered an endorsement.
In order for the initiative to make it on the ballot in November 2018, the initiative sponsor, John Dale, has until Nov. 6, 2017, to collect 13,871 valid signatures, according to a press release issued by Jackley’s office.
Jackley has also issued Attorney General Explanations for two additional South Dakota marijuana legalization initiatives, both sponsored by New Approach South Dakota, with one aiming to legalize medical marijuana and one aiming to legalize recreational marijuana.
While voters in South Dakota were denied the opportunity to consider medical marijuana legalization in 2016, the current circulation of three separate petitions may increase the odds that voters will get the chance to consider some degree of legalization in 2018.