SD Legalized Marijuana Ballot Initiative Rejected

Marijuana (Photo credit: A7nubis, Wikimedia Commons)

Marijuana (Photo credit: A7nubis, Wikimedia Commons)

Pierre, SD – Today, South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs announced that an initiated measure to legalize marijuana for medical use was rejected and did not meet the required number of signatures to be placed on the general election ballot. The sponsor turned in 16,543 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office.

An initiated measure requires a minimum of 13,871 signatures from South Dakota registered voters. Once the signatures were delivered to the Secretary of State’s office, a 5% random sampling was conducted. It was determined that 54.5% or 9,019 of 16,543 signatures were valid but did not meet the minimum number required.

This is the final initiated measure to be reviewed by Secretary of State. A total of 8 measures were submitted for review. A total of 275,000 signatures were submitted among all petitions.

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Those looking to challenge the Secretary of State’s rejection of a ballot measure have 30 days from the date they are rejected, which would be March 4, 2016.

Challenges to all statewide initiatives and referendums must be brought within 30 days (SDCL 12-1-13)


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