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Check out the highlights from the 2021 Legislative Session

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Cannabis Caucus

The Cannabis Caucus is a loose affiliation of State Representatives, State Senators, lobbyists and the general public.


The Cannabis Caucus is not a public policy committee but is set up to provide information and educate the public and Legislature on Medical and Adult Use Cannabis.


The Cannabis Caucus hosted a series of briefings called Marijuana 101, 201, 301 and 401 which were carried by ConnectCenter1 TV throughout the State of South Dakota. 

Mike co-sponsors HB 1225
HB 1225 Hearing
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On February 3, 2021, I introduced HB 1225, which would put in place some laws to govern the sale, possession, and consumption of adult use retail marijuana. The bill clarified the legislature doesn’t endorse the decision voters made to pass Constitutional Amendment A in the general election, November 3, 2020. Rather, that lawmakers are following the will of the people.

On Feb. 24, State Affairs deferred HB 1225 to the 41st legislative day, following a circuit court judge ruling that Constitutional Amendment A is unconstitutional. 

Read the 22-page bill here.

SB 187: Deferred with pending amendment (Rule 5-17)
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SB 187: State Affairs deferred to the 41st legislative day
Mike co-sponsors SB 187

On February 3, 2021, Senator Brock Greenfield and I introduced SB 187, which would establish provisions concerning the sale of adult-use retail marijuana.

On March 3, 2021, State Affairs deferred SB 187 to the 41st legislative day.

Read the 8-page bill here.

SB 187: Health and Human Services
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SB 187: Senate motion to amend, passed
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More Mike Derby and Cannabis in the news:

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Medical marijuana in Oklahoma: ‘A mess’ or a potential model for South Dakota?
Bart Pfankuch of South Dakota News Watch, published in Argus Leader April 5, 2021
Lawmaker: South Dakota can implement medical marijuana program by November
Bart Pfankuch of South Dakota News Watch, March 25, 2021

Medical marijuana implementation on schedule in South Dakota
Nick Nelson, KEVN Black Hills Fox, March 12, 2021


One pot bill killed, another moves forward

Abby Wargo, Rapid City Journal, March 3, 2021

Derby discusses recent marijuana legislation at WDT cracker barrel
Dominique Smith, NewsCenter 1, Feb. 28, 2021
(Click here to view NewsCenter 1 Video)

Drug reform efforts in South Dakota not stopping, despite uncertainty of marijuana ballot measures

Joe Sneve, Argus Leader, Feb. 23, 2021


Legalization of marijuana could provide economic boost for S.D. Native American tribes

Bart Pfankuch of South Dakota News Watch, Feb. 17, 2021

Two Republican lawmakers continue recreational pot push

Stephen Groves, Associated Press, published in Rapid City Journal, Feb. 10, 21

South Dakota legislators preparing for both outcomes in marijuana legislation

Colton Hall, NewsCenter 1, Feb. 9, 2021

State hires consultant to help develop framework for legal marijuana

Bart Pfankuch, South Dakota News Watch, February 8

Marijuana 101: 'Cannabis Caucus' spending 'hundreds of hours' working on new laws

Joe Sneve, Argus Leader, Feb. 5, 2021


Sponsors tie recreational-marijuana legislation to outcome of Amendment A court challenge

Bob Mercer, Capital News Bureau, Feb. 4, 2021


Preparations for legalization of pot picking up pace in Pierre

Bart Pfankuch of South Dakota News Watch, Feb. 3, 2021

SD lawmakers off to slow start in regulating legal weed, but industry ramping up

Nick Lowrey of South Dakota News Watch, Jan. 13, 2021

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