This turned out to be the week for marijuana-related bills to be heard for the first time in the 2017 legislative session. Two out of three remain active.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a cannabidiol exception (SB 95) sought by Senate Republican leader Blake Curd of Sioux Falls for medical purposes and killed a medical marijuana exemption (SB 157) brought by Sen. Reynold Nesiba, D-Sioux Falls, that would have recognized valid medical exceptions granted by other states.
The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee endorsed legalization of industrial hemp HB 1204; the committee sponsored the measure.
The hemp bill is now on the House calendar and could be debated any day but it is at the bottom. The cannabidiol bill is at the top of the Senate calendar for debate Tuesday.