Lawsuit threatens to overturn legalization in South Dakota!

Nov 23, 2020

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Prohibitionists have filed a lawsuit to overturn the legalization law passed by South Dakota voters on Election Day!

Please make a donation to South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws' legal defense fund.

Late on Friday, the Superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol and a local County Sheriff filed a lawsuit to overturn Amendment A, the marijuana legalization ballot initiative that was approved by 54% of South Dakota voters on Election Day. Governor Kristi Noem is supporting the lawsuit, and she's even using taxpayer dollars to help fund it.

If the lawsuit succeeds, Amendment A will be invalidated and legalization would be repealed. This would be a disastrous outcome given that South Dakota’s existing marijuana laws are some of the harshest in the country. The lawsuit argues that the initiative covered too many subjects and required a constitutional convention to be enacted.

The good news is this: South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws, the local campaign that passed Amendment A, is confident that they can defeat the lawsuit. Amendment A was carefully drafted and thoroughly vetted last year before the start of the signature drive.

But to win in court, the campaign needs to invest in a strong legal defense team...and that’s expensive.

Please consider making a contribution directly to South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws. Over the weekend, the campaign raised over $5,500 in small dollar donations, with nearly all the money coming from South Dakota residents.

Now, we need Americans across the country to help our friends in the Mount Rushmore State.

Since last year, MPP staff have played a central role in this historic campaign, in which South Dakota became the first ever state to simultaneously legalize medical marijuana and legalize marijuana for adults 21 and over.

Help ensure that this hard-fought victory is not reversed in court and donate what you can to South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws.

Thank you so much.