A South Dakota House Committee has killed a measure that would have allowed those arrested for marijuana possession to use a medical defense in court.
The Health and Human Services Committee voted 7-6 to kill the bill, which was proposed by Senator Craig Tieszen and Representative Dan Kaiser.
The bill would not have legalized medical marijuana in the state, but instead Tieszen explained, “All [people who are arrested for possession] can do is defend themselves in court. They can bring their experts, they can show their disease or illness, and let the judge and jury decide.”
The bill was opposed by both state and local law enforcement officials who thought that passing the bill would open the door for medical marijuana legalization in the future in South Dakota.