On March 11, 2019, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem vetoed a bill that would have legalized industrial hemp production in the state. In a veto statement, Noem said that she opposed the bill because she believed it would make the job of law enforcement officers more difficult and was part of a larger strategy to legalize recreational cannabis in South Dakota. Although the bill was passed with broad bi-partisan support, the bill lacks enough support in the Senate to override the governor’s veto.
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