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The South Dakota Democratic Celebration (SDDP) has told Governor Kristi Noem to “quit spreading lies” about industrial hemp and start off focusing on the added benefits it will bring her state.

South Dakota is a single of four remaining hemp holdout states – i.e. it hasn’t enacted legislation legalising the crop. It is not by means of want of attempting, but Governor Noem truly does not appear to like industrial hemp and has had the crop increasingly in her crosshairs due to the fact landing in the state’s prime job.

Back in March this year, the Governor vetoed Property Bill 1191 that would have permitted industrial hemp to be grown and processed in the state. She has also submitted 315 concerns regarding hemp to the state’s lawmakers – and has hinted to it becoming “product that has severe implications on the overall health and security of the subsequent generation.”

In quite current instances, she has published articles on the subject in mainstream media, very first on the Argus Leader. Now Governor Noem has taken her message to a a great deal bigger audience by way of the Wall Street Journal, explaining why she will not assistance legalizing industrial hemp in her state.

The governor has warned if a measure to legalize industrial hemp hits her desk once again this year, she will veto it once again. There was also this fascinating claim repeated:

“Until law enforcement can rapidly and affordably differentiate amongst marijuana and hemp, states that have legalized hemp have basically legalized marijuana as effectively,” writes Governor Noem.

She says “until the law can inform the distinction amongst it and weed, the answer is ‘no.’”

It could be a quite extended three+ years for hemp supporters in the state and the South Dakota Democratic Celebration has had sufficient.

“South Dakota farmers are nonetheless suffering from disastrous policies supported by Kristi Noem when she was a member of Congress,” says a statement from SDDP chair Paula Hawks. “Now that she’s Governor, Noem is doubling down her attacks on the ag neighborhood by outlawing a desperately necessary crop that could aid lots of farmers rebound from the effects of the President’s catastrophic trade wars.”

The SDDP has referred to as on the Governor to:

“..quit spreading lies about legalized hemp and rather concentrate on delivering a factual report on how the crop could advantage our state’s farmers.”