South Dakota Supreme Court rejects voter-approved recreational marijuana market


The South Dakota Supreme Court is housed in the state capitol building in Pierre.

South Dakota’s highest court on Wednesday struck down on technical grounds a recreational marijuana initiative approved by voters in 2020, shattering the development of a projected $285 million market.

A Marijuana Policy Project official, calling the ruling “extremely flawed” and “disrespectful” to voters, pledged that advocates would continue to work to legalize adult-use cannabis in one of the country’s most conservative states.

Wednesday’s ruling also reflects a trend in which public officials use the courts to overturn the will

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