(StopTheDrugWar) A bill that would have allowed South Dakotans charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession to mount a medical necessity defense was defeated Tuesday in the state legislature. The bill died on a 7-6 vote in the Health and Human Services Committee.
More accurately, it was “deferred to the 41st day” of the legislative session. The session only has 40 days.
The bill, House Bill 1227, would have allowed people caught with less than two ounces of marijuana to mount a medical necessity defense against either a pot possession charge or the state’s unique ingestion for the purposes of intoxication charge. It provided for such a defense to be mounted if “a competent medical authority” has recommended its palliative use or if its use is known to be palliative for a given condition.