South Dakota Senate Committee Votes Down Industrial Hemp Bill

February 18, 2016 08:02 PM

A state Senate committee has defeated a bill that would have allowed the cultivation of industrial hemp in South Dakota.

The Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee voted 5-3 against the bill that previously passed the House.

Republican Rep. Mike Verchio of Hill City is the bill's main House sponsor. He's said the crop could be a significant economic development opportunity and could lead to jobs in South Dakota.

The bill would have allowed people to apply to the state Agriculture Department for a license to grow industrial hemp, a cousin of marijuana. It would have restricted the content of THC for hemp. THC is the intoxicant in marijuana.

Public safety representatives opposed the plan. Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard has also said he's against allowing industrial hemp in the state.

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Spell Check

Jerry Frick
Bolingbrook, IL
2/19/2016 08:40 AM

  Fascists. What industry are you protecting? What is wrong with you people? You are supposed to pass legislation to help the people of your state. But no, protect your own special interests. Typical politicians, looking out for numero uno.

Janeen Walker
Sturgis, SD
2/24/2016 10:50 AM

  This is such a disappointment. I pray that our government officials will take the time to educate themselves as to the economic impact this crop could have in SD. Industrial hemp is NOT a drug. It makes about as much sense as not allowing corn cultivation because billy bob might have a hidden still in the middle of the field.

Wolsey, SD
2/19/2016 08:46 AM

  It is foolish to not allow the growth of a crop that could be grown in areas were more traditional crops have trouble thriving, in turn providing increased revenue to the state of South Dakota. I'm left to wonder if our legislation is so old and out of touch that they still buy into the bogus anti marijuana/hemp propaganda Henry anslinger was spewing almost a century ago. Let's get real it's industrial hemp not recreational marijuana.


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