A South Dakota House committee has rejected a measure that would have let people charged with possessing small amounts of marijuana argue in court that they need it for medical reasons.
The Health and Human Services Committee voted 7-6 to kill the bill.
The sponsors said they do not want to legalize marijuana or set up a distribution system where people could get it for medical purposes. But they said people suffering or dying from cancer or other diseases should be able to use medical necessity as a defense in court.
State and local law enforcement officials opposed the bill, saying it could open the door to eventual legalization of marijuana in South Dakota.
Most Popular Today
- 1.Education Funding
Mitchell Superintendent Defends 'Second Job'
- 2.Retail & Restaurants
Pepsi Perfect To Be Released October 21
- 3.Retail & Restaurants
Cupcake Baker Whips Up A Book
- 4.Education Funding
Inside KELOLAND: Build Dakota Scholarship
Architects Ask For Opinion On Downtown's Future
Monday Morning Business Brief
Tuesday Morning Business Brief
$86,000 Awarded To Entrepreneurs Through Accelerator Challenge