South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem introduced on Wednesday that she is looking for to delay the implementation of a profitable voter initiative to legalize medical marijuana. The state’s voters accredited Initiated Measure 26 (IM 26) to permit certified sufferers to make use of cannabis medicinally within the November general election with almost 70% of votes forged.

Underneath South Dakota legislation, initiatives and amendments are supposed to enter impact on July 1 of the 12 months following passage. However Noem introduced this week that she is looking for to delay the implementation of the medical marijuana initiative by one 12 months, with the help of fellow Republicans within the South Dakota Senate and Home of Representatives.

“We’re working diligently to get IM 26 carried out safely and accurately,” Noem said in an announcement launched by her workplace on Wednesday morning. “The feasibility of getting this program up and operating nicely will take extra time. I’m grateful to our legislative leaders for serving to ensure that we do that proper.”

To impact the change, lawmakers launched Home Invoice 1100 within the Home State Affairs Committee on Wednesday morning. The measure amends a pending state statute prompted by the passage of IM 26 and replaces a number of situations citing the unique begin date of the measure with the date “July 1, 2022.” The invoice additionally creates a legislative job power to draft laws legalizing medical marijuana whereas addressing points left unclear within the initiative, resembling which strategies of consumption must be allowed to adjust to a requirement that colleges accommodate medical marijuana use by certified sufferers.

Consulting Agency Cited To Justify Delay

To justify the delay, Noem cited a letter from Hashish Public Coverage Consulting (CPPC), a agency that has assisted state and native governments throughout the nation and in Canada with the implementation of hashish legalization measures. In keeping with CPPC, making a secure, environment friendly, and efficient medical marijuana program takes a mean of 14 months.

“There isn’t any doubt that IM 26 handed in South Dakota, and it’s absolutely our intention to honor the desire of the voters,” mentioned Home Majority Chief Kent Peterson. “Based mostly upon the experiences of different states, we all know that it takes time to begin implementing a secure and workable program. We’ll get the job performed.”

Not all lawmakers, nonetheless, approve of the delay. Democratic Senate Minority Chief Troy Heinert mentioned that the citizens has determined to legalize medical marijuana this 12 months, not in 2022.

“The voters handed IM 26 by an awesome margin and it’s the legislature’s job to make sure its implementation,” Heinert instructed native media. “Something much less is unacceptable and we should respect the desire of the voters.”

Noem can be concerned in an effort to overturn the voters’ approval of Modification A, a proposed modification to the South Dakota Structure that will legalize and regulate leisure marijuana for adults. A lawsuit supported by the governor has been filed towards the measure, which was accredited by 54% of voters in November’s election. On Monday, a South Dakota circuit court docket decide dominated that the measure is unconstitutional and nullified the amendment. Supporters of Modification A have vowed to attraction the choice to the state Supreme Court docket.