South Dakota governor plans to delay medical pot law a year

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem addresses the Legislature, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, at the Capitol in Pierre. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has promised to honor the will of voters to legalize pot for medical use, just not this year.

The Republican governor announced a plan to delay legalization until July 1, 2022. She says she did not have enough time to study the issue and implement a program.

Medical cannabis was supposed to be legalized on July 1 of this year after voters passed a ballot initiative in November.

Republican legislative leadership supports Noem’s plan.

House Speaker Spencer Gosch unveiled a bill early Wednesday to set up a committee to study implementation.

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