Newsbrief: Industrial Hemp to be on Ballot in South Dakota 6/21/02

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The issue of legalizing industrial hemp in South Dakota will be on the ballot for the general election on November 5 of this year. The petition drive gathered 15,845 signatures between May 8, 2001 and May 7, 2002. 13,010 signatures were necessary to place the measure, Initiated Law No. 1, on the ballot. South Dakota voters will decide whether or not to allow the planting, cultivation, harvesting, possession, processing, transportation of, sale of and buying of cannabis and cannabis-based products with a THC content of 1% or less.

The South Dakota Industrial Hemp Council submitted the petition in May. SDIHC believes that legalizing hemp cultivation in the state could save many of South Dakota's barely-surviving farms, judging by the $125 million industry of importing hemp into the United States, according to their web site (http://www.sodakhemp.org). SDIHC received support from the Body Shop Outlet in Sioux Falls.

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