Both Marijuana Measures likely to pass in South Dakota

The polls seem to be where they were this summer. I heard about internal polling this summer that put Rec at about 51% and Medical in the 70% approval range. It seems much has NOT changed. Why? I think most people in this country and even in South Dakota have long standing views on legalization. Whether it happens in November or sometime Nationally in the near future, it is inevitable. While Medical has a high approval rating and likely will pass, I think the legislature will chop this initiative to pieces and basically make it nearly impossible for people to get it for medical reasons. And if Rec passes, it is a constitutional amendment so the legislature can only have the power to regulate that legalization. What I think most cities across the state will do is not allow dispensaries. I have a feeling if there is even any dispensaries in South Dakota, you will probably be limited to a shack on a county gravel road. I think this is foolish, because not only could major cities benefit from the business, small towns could also.

Let’s face it, Marijuana will be legalized Nationwide in less than 10 years. If South Dakota has an opportunity to do it early, I think they should;

Recreational (Amendment A)

51% Approve, 44% Disapprove and 5% are undecided. I think this will pass, but it will be close and there are NO guarantees cities will allow dispensaries, but you will be allowed to have your own plants.

Medical (IM26)

74% Approve, 23% Disapprove and 3% are undecided. This will pass, but I think the legislature will tinker with it.



8 comments ↓

#1 "Very Stable Genius" on 10.25.20 at 4:13 pm

With only 51% support for an incumbent Republican president in South Dakota, then anything is possible.

#2 Conservative Here on 10.25.20 at 9:41 pm

I believe you are wrong on this. Medical will probably pass but, Recreational will not.

VSG
Trump will win SD so easy and I bet he improvs on his Numbers. I think he will pull 70+%. You guys are living in a Democrat bubble but, I guess we will wait and see.

#3 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 10.25.20 at 11:15 pm

Biden is the Reagan of our time; a transformational leader. Like Reagan, Biden has run for president three times. He’s running against an unpopular incumbent president as well. And he’s been in the public eye for fifty years like Reagan was, too, by 1980. He’ll also be the oldest president in his time like Reagan as well. …. Oh, and the helicopters failed in Iran on April 25,1980, and on April 24, 2020, Trump suggested that we all take Lysol, which was an other failed historic presidential moment.

#4 "Woodstock" on 10.25.20 at 11:23 pm

“Mark Twain always said that history rhymes, but doesn’t repeat”….

#5 "Very Stable Genius" on 10.26.20 at 12:05 am

CH,

LBJ was the last Dem to take SD. Carter got 49% in ’76 and Dukaksis got 46.5% in ’88. Else, Obama got 44% in ’08. These are the best showings for a Dem in modern times.

I would be surprised if Trump lost SD, but 51% is nothing to write home about. It means Trump is in big trouble. It could be an electoral college blowout for Biden. Hell, the most recent poll has “Socialistic/Liberal” Biden beating Trump in Texas. Texas shouldn’t even be a race.

But what is interesting is that in red states, I don’t buy that there will be much of a coattail reality for Dems. Rounds will still get between 58 to 63% of the vote in my estimation.

There was an interesting piece in Politico recently, that showed Biden is winning the Nebraska congressional district 2 (Omaha), but Republicans are ahead in all of the other races in that district.

Coattail capabilities for a minority party in good times, I think, have been lost forever. It explains why Sutton got 48+% of the vote in ’18, but absent Seiler (who ran a good and aggressive campaign), all of the other Democratic constitutional candidates in the state got between 35 to 38% of the vote. And this is because increasingly political parties are defined by a national image and its no longer just about local politics as Tip O’Neil once suggested.

#6 kurtz on 10.26.20 at 6:20 am

Anyone who believes either or both or these measures won’t be struck down in court if passed is delusional.

Policing for Profit has enabled the Division of Criminal Investigation to provide military armaments for the industry throughout South Dakota where most believe prostitution will be legal before cannabis laws are amended. But in my home state the school to prison enterprise is worried cannabis reform will lead to less revenue for police departments so expect Republican Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg to be exonerated after killing Joe Boever with his car and if either cannabis measure passes he’ll immediately sue to have them struck down in court.

If either or both of the ballot initiatives pass and the Neanderthal legislature had any integrity or ethics (they don’t) they would empower the tribal nations trapped in South Dakota to be the sole producers and marketers of legal cannabis in the state.

#7 D@ily Spin on 10.26.20 at 1:14 pm

It’s been on the ballot to many times. A few storefronts are ready for sales. Tells me there’s been enough lobbying cash this time. Once passed, potheads can be released from jail making room for real criminals. There’s been a more worldly influx of new residents from states that are more liberal. Democrats smoke pot. Recreational use could wipe out some republican corruption. The state could move from red but not blue to green.

#8 "Very Stable Genius" on 10.26.20 at 1:39 pm

Good point. The Republicans will judge shop once again. Like what they did in 2016, when they ran to Mitchell to find a circuit judge who used to be a Republican AG… #OhByTheWayJudgeIThinkItWasADeer