User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


76° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Politics

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Most Popular Today


Should Pot Be Legal In South Dakota?

January 9, 2014, 9:55 PM by Perry Groten

Should Pot Be Legal In South Dakota?
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Colorado's full embrace of legalizing marijuana doesn't seem to have as firm a grip here in South Dakota.  It's been just over a week since people could purchase pot in Colorado and sales have been so brisk, some shops are running low. But many people don't think it's high-time to make marijuana legal in South Dakota.

It's been like Black Friday every day at Colorado pot shops this year. The long lines of customers point to a strong demand. But many South Dakotans think society pays a heavy price by legalizing marijuana.

"I think we have enough issues with gateway drugs in our community that we don't need to add another one.  And, it's just a personal feeling that I have that it's just not right," Lynne Steele of Sioux Falls said.

But some people think South Dakota should decriminalize marijuana.

"I guess you could give it a try to see how it works out, but if it doesn't raise the crime rates, I don't see why not,"  Christine Lebeda of Humboldt said.

Supporters say marijuana is a far less dangerous drug than alcohol or tobacco. Even those opposed to making pot legal are intrigued by the potential tax revenues it could generate for the state.

"I suppose if they did legalize it, they could tax it more and we could get more money and get us out of debt, but other than that, I don't think there's a really good use to legalize marijuana," Kailea Mattheis of Hartford said.

Colorado could be a testing ground for South Dakota.

"Maybe if we can determine how it affects or impacts Colorado in the future, that may make a difference in the decision.  But in my age group, I just don't think that any of us would think that that's the right thing to do," Steele said.

But supporters say the strong sales in Colorado can't be ignored and that other states including South Dakota should at least consider turning marijuana into a cash crop.

The demand isn't limited to Colorado customers.  Out-of-state visitors make up as much as a third of sales at some Denver stores.  Business owners call the out-of-staters "pot birds."

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View politics

You may also like

Pro-Marijuana Group Planning Protest At State Fair

8/26/2014 6:08 AM

Supporters of medical marijuana and industrial hemp are planning on staging a protest Friday that will begin at the South Dakota State Fair.

Full Story
Few Attend Medical Marijuana Protest At State Fair

8/29/2014 6:00 PM

A protest promoting the legalization of medical marijuana Friday didn't turn out the numbers organizers were expecting.

Full Story | Watch
Sorenson Pleads Guilty To Charge From GOP Caucuses

8/27/2014 1:54 PM

Former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from his switch of support from one Republican candidate for president...

Full Story
Wismer Asks For Another Lawmaker To Sit In For Her

8/27/2014 3:07 PM

The Democratic candidate for South Dakota governor is asking that another member of her party sit in on a committee looking into reported misconduct w...

Full Story
SD Dems Want In-Person Testimony On EB-5

8/26/2014 11:25 AM

South Dakota Democrats want Governor Dennis Daugaard and former Governor Mike Rounds to testify in person and under oath about the immigrant investor ...

Full Story


Events