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Noem-Hemp Opposition

Noem-Hemp Opposition

Governor Noem again threatens to veto hemp bill in 2020; Democrats say hemp has promise


The Associated Press - September 10, 2019

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is promising to again veto an industrial hemp bill if it's introduced at next year's Legislature.

Noem wrote why she won't support legalizing hemp in a commentary in the Wall Street Journal Monday night.

The Republican governor, who comes from a farming and ranching family, said that she would be "happy" to introduce a new cash crop in South Dakota, but she said hemp isn't it.

Noem says she will continue to oppose legalizing industrial hemp until law enforcement can differentiate between hemp and marijuana.

Last session, Noem vetoed an industrial hemp bill. The Legislature failed to override her veto, killing the measure for this year.

The Argus Leader reports Noem reiterated her opposition as the Legislature began studying hemp ahead of the 2020 session.

Meanwhile,

The South Dakota Democratic Party today called on Governor Kristi Noem to quit spreading lies about legalized hemp and instead focus on delivering a factual report on how the crop could benefit our state’s farmers.

In today’s Wall Street Journal, Noem again stated she’ll veto bipartisan efforts to allow hemp farming in South Dakota, which was legalized federally in the 2018 Farm Bill.

“South Dakota farmers are still suffering from disastrous policies supported by Kristi Noem when she was a member of Congress,” SDDP chair Paula Hawks said today. “Now that she’s Governor, Noem is doubling down her attacks on the ag community by outlawing a desperately needed crop that could help many farmers rebound from the effects of the President’s catastrophic trade wars.”



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