Newsbrief: South Dakota Hemp Petition Signatures Submitted, Seeds Planted 5/10/02

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The South Dakota Industrial Hemp Council on Tuesday handed over 15,700 signatures on petitions asking that the state's electorate be allowed to vote on whether to legalize hemp production in the upcoming November elections. State law requires 13,010 valid signatures, and signature-gatherers typically hope for an extra 50% above the legal requirement, so some nail-biting will take place between now and the time South Dakota Secretary of State Chris Nelson finishes his audit of the signatures. According to Bob Newland of South Dakota NORML (http://www.sodaknorml.org), Nelson should finish the count sometime this month.

Provided that Nelson finds sufficient signatures, South Dakota voters will be asked to vote for or against the following proposition: "Any person may plant, cultivate, harvest, possess, process, transport, sell or buy industrial hemp (cannabis) or any of its by-products with a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content of one percent or less."

After handing in the signatures, Newland and a small group of petition-gatherers moved to a flower bed near the steps of the state capitol in Pierre and planted 550 hemp seeds. Although both police and media had been notified in advance, said Newland, neither showed up.

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