PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — Despite the announcement of new federal guidelines, Governor Kristi Noem remains against the legalization of hemp in South Dakota.
Noem said, “I will continue to make the case that legalizing hemp will legalize marijuana by default.”
“USDA does not preempt a state’s ability to adopt stronger requirements or prohibit production. South Dakota state law prohibits industrial hemp production, and that statute still stands,” Noem said in the news release. “The guidelines do require the State to permit interstate transportation of hemp.”
State legislators are working on a 2020 measure to legalize hemp in the state.