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South Dakota lawmakers fail to override hemp bill veto

South Dakota lawmakers failed Tuesday to override Governor Kristi Noem’s veto of a hemp legalization bill. The House voted to override the veto, but the South Dakota Senate fell short. Senate Ag Chairman, Gary Cammack (R-Union Center) supports legalization.

“Well, my personal opinion is that we’re missing out on an opportunity both for the farmers’ production, but also for some manufacturing opportunities, processing opportunities that several businesses have expressed a lot of interest in,” Cammack told Brownfield Ag News.

Governor Noem, also a Republican, said last week the state is not ready to legalize hemp production.

“Because of the cost to taxpayers of setting up a program and then dealing with complications that law enforcement will have going forward,” said Noem, “determining the difference between industrial hemp and marijuana.”

USDA rulemaking on hemp production, part of the 2018 Farm Bill, is expected late this year. Cammack tells Brownfield it’s likely state lawmakers will revisit the issue in a year when federal rules are known.

AUDIO: Gary Cammack

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