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South Dakota Lawmakers Pass Homegrown Cannabis Limit

The move follows a voter-passed law that placed no limit on homegrown plants.


Lawmakers in South Dakota passed a proposal to place a four-plant limit on the number of cannabis plants patients who use medical marijuana can grow in their homes.

The limit includes two flowering and two non-flowering plants.

After a voter-passed law placed no limit on homegrown plants, lawmakers the Republican-controlled House and Senate have debated on ceilings. The Senate suggested a limit of three flowering and three non-flowering plants, while the House sought to eliminate homegrown cannabis altogether. 

Democratic Rep. Jennifer Keintz argued the limitation would make access to medical marijuana difficult for low-income patients and those in rural areas. However, most Republican lawmakers agreed the limit was a compromise between what voters passed and an outright ban. 

The bill will now be sent to Republican Gov. Kristi Noem.

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