NOTE TO READERS: Representative Rhonda Milstead was misquoted in the original version of this story. It is corrected below. Reporter Bob Mercer apologizes for the error.
PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — A panel of state lawmakers recommended Wednesday that the Legislature should ban home-grown marijuana plants for medical use and overrule South Dakota voters.
Nearly 70% of voters approved IM 26 last November that legalized medical marijuana. One of the provisions calls for a three-plant minimum if a cardholder has a registry identification card to cultivate it at home.
But the Legislature’s Medical Marijuana Subcommittee voted 6-4 Wednesday to recommend banning home-grown marijuana. Told that Colorado officials recommended not allowing home-grown, Representative Rhonda Milstead, who serves on the Adult-Use Marijuana Subcommittee, asked, “Why are we not listening to the experience?”
The Medical Marijuana Subcommittee’s chairman, Senator Bryan Breitling, said references to home-grown were scattered through South Dakota’s new