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The requirements to get an initiative certified for the 2022 ballot:

South Dakota: In 2019, the South Dakota State Legislature passed a bill amending one section of law by adding Epidiolex to its list of controlled substances. The bill also exempted CBD from the state’s definition of marijuana in that section. [7] Elsewhere in state law, CBD was not exempted from the definition of marijuana. This discrepancy led to confusion that left the legal status of CBD in the state unclear for a year. [8]

On March 27, 2020, Gov. Kristi Noem (R) signed House Bill 1008 into law, which legalized industrial hemp and CBD oil in the state. [10]

The proposed ballot summary is as follows: [2]

Path to the ballot

(6) “Medical use” means the acquisition, possession, use, growing up to nine mature flowering marijuana plants and possessing the harvest therefrom, delivery, transfer, or administration of an amount of marijuana not in conflict with Department rules, or of related supplies by a qualifying patient or caregiver for use by the caregiver’s designated qualifying patient for the treatment of a debilitating medical condition.

ARTICLE X, SECTION 29.– Medical marijuana production, possession and use.

After the 2019 changes, Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg (R) issued a statement, wherein he argued all forms of CBD oil, apart from Epidiolex, were illegal under state law. [9] Several state’s attorneys expressed disagreement with the Attorney General’s statements. Aaron McGown and Tom Wollman, state’s attorneys for Minnehaha and Lincoln counties, respectively, issued a joint statement where they said the discrepancy left legality open to differing interpretations. Mark Vargo, the Pennington County state’s attorney, said his office would not prosecute CBD cases based on his interpretation of the state law. [8]

Background

Idaho: In 2015, the Idaho State Legislature passed a bill legalizing certain types of CBD oil that was later vetoed by Governor Butch Otter (R). In response, Otter issued an executive order allowing children with intractable epilepsy to use Epidiolex in certain circumstances. [6]

Peaceful Minds for Medical Marijuana is leading the campaign in support of the initiative. [2]

Government officials in Florida remain split on the issue, however. There is no timetable for a potential vote on the bills introduced this year. Florida’s governor and speaker of the house have stated their opposition to the idea.

The effort must gather 891,589 valid signatures (8 percent of the total number of votes cast in the previous presidential election) by February 1, 2022 to qualify for the November ballot. It must also follow Florida’s signature distribution requirements.

Recreational marijuana in Florida

But despite the legality of medical marijuana, it is still illegal to grow cannabis plants at your home. So, if you’re asking how many plants you can grow with a medical card in Florida, the answer is zero.

To obtain a medical marijuana license, potential patients must meet with a qualified physician and be diagnosed with a qualifying condition. Medical marijuana cards from other states are not valid in Florida.

Florida laws

There has been talk lately in the Florida legislature regarding legalizing recreational marijuana for adults. In January 2021, bills were introduced in the Florida House and Senate to legalize purchase and consumption of recreational marijuana for residents 21 and older without a medical card.

There is an effort to get a measure on the ballot for November 2022 to legalize growing marijuana plants for medical patients. It would amend the 2016 amendment to redefine “medical use” to include growing up to nine marijuana plants. This would include patients and their caregivers.

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