Turns out the Legislature’s medical-marijuana subcommittee that met Wednesday to look over proposed rules for South Dakota’s new program also has three sets of its members working privately, outside the public’s view, on potential changes to Initiated Measure 26 that nearly 70% of voters passed in the 2020 election.
Its chairman, Senator Bryan Breitling, told members that any legislation from the subcommittee seeking changes could be acted upon November 9, 2021. That’s when lawmakers will be back to the Capitol for a special session held every decade for drawing boundaries for the Legislature’s 35 districts.
Breitling said any changes proposed by the subcommittee that day would need to fit within a tight schedule. “Not a lot of opportunity for debate, and so it has to be quite overwhelmingly supportive of our summer study to be accepted during special session,” he said.
Breitling said legislators could also submit proposals on their own. He said the subcommittee must complete the final report on its work October 27.
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