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House rejects Senate marijuana home-grow bill, setting up conference committee

House lawmakers in 2022
Lee Strubinger
The South Dakota House of Representatives.

South Dakota House and Senate lawmakers will head into a conference committee to debate whether to allow medical marijuana patients to grow their own plants.

Voters approved medical marijuana in 2020. The state Senate passed a bill earlier this session that would allow people with prescriptions to grow up to six plants at a time — three capable of producing THC, the intoxicant in marijuana, and three in earlier growth stages.

The House amended the Senate bill, converting it to a ban on home cultivation.

Lee Strubinger is SDPB’s Rapid City-based news and political reporter. A former reporter for Fort Lupton Press (CO) and Colorado Public Radio, Lee holds a master’s in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.