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South Dakota Marijuana Activists Gathering Signatures This Weekend

Director Matthew Schweich said the event will last from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Rapid City

South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws

South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws will hold a drive-through signature drive for Cannabis legalization this weekend in Rapid City. Campaign Director Matthew Schweich said the the event will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The location is at 230 East North Street, Rapid City, South Dakota.

“We’re going to have a team of volunteers there and we’re really excited to collect a ton of signatures this week in Rapid City,” Campaign Director Matthew Schweich told the Rapid City Journal Wednesday.

Very Close To Having Enough Signatures

The group said it is very close to having enough signatures for the petition to be validated by May 3.

Schweich estimates they have 13,500 valid signatures. A 2022 initiated measure requires 16,961 valid signatures from registered South Dakota voters to qualify for the November 2022 ballot.

“We are within striking distance, but we are a little nervous and we wanted voters to know that we need them to sign,” Schweich said. “This isn’t a guaranteed thing that we’re just going to qualify the initiative unless people step up and help. I fear there’s a sense of complacency that people assume others will sign the petition.”

In 2021, the South Dakota Supreme Court overturned Amendment A. That was the adult-use marijuana legalization law approved by 54% of voters in 2020. The marijuana group described the controversial ruling as a “far-fetched legal theory based on no logical or evidentiary support.”

Website Can Sign Up Volunteers!

South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws has established an enhanced website at www.sdmarijuana.org. Schweich said the website has capabilities to sign up to volunteer for petition drives. The site can also verify signatures and locate additional places across South Dakota to sign petitions.

“We still need volunteers,” Schweich said. ”There’s still time if you live in a rural part of the state and you can collect a few signatures. We want to hear from you. So it’s not too late to volunteer.”

The organization also established a special hotline at 605-269-8552 to call or text any questions about the adult-use Cannabis petition.

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