industrial hemp

House Passes Hemp Bill

18 hours ago
Jamie Edwards / North Dakota Hemp Farmer

The South Dakota House is passing along the bill legalizing industrial hemp.

House lawmakers approved the bill 54 to 12 and without debate. There’s a discrepancy between lawmakers and the governor’s office how much enacting the program will cost.

The governors office says the program will cost about $2 million to prop up, and about $1.5 million each year after.

House Majority Leader Lee Qualm says house lawmakers are in talks with the governor’s office about cost.

Political Junkies: State Of The State

Jan 15, 2020

In The Moment ... January 15, 2020 Show 734 Hour 2

South Dakota is open for business! Governor Kristi Noem highlighted the state's business climate during her State of the State address yesterday in Pierre. She also touched on industrial hemp, meth treatment, and agriculture in her speech delivered in front of the South Dakota Legislature.

The Dakota Political Junkies are ready to discuss the governor's address. Joining us are Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and former South Dakota State Senator, Tom Dempster, who represented District 9 for four terms.

News: Oct 5 - 11

Oct 11, 2019

Climate trends in South Dakota, ways to better Rapid City’s economy, a bill that would legalize industrial hemp, and Greta Thunberg visits Pine Ridge. These headlines and more on this week’s In the Moment news podcast.  


In the Moment ... October 9, 2019 Show 676 Hour 2

South Dakota lawmakers have begun writing a bill that would legalize industrial hemp next year. An anti-uranium summit is taking place in Rapid City, and Senator Mike Rounds was in Sioux Falls yesterday where he discussed the bitter mood in Washington, D.C.

Dakota Political Junkies Mike Card, Professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, and Seth Tupper, enterprise reporter for the Rapid City Journal, discuss the issues.


In The Moment ... September 11, 2019 Show 656 Hour 2

The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls has confirmed an F2 tornado for the area of 41st and Kiwanis. Meanwhile, Governor Kristi Noem is hardening her stance against industrial hemp in South Dakota.

Dakota Political Junkies Jonathan Ellis of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and Jon Hunter of the Madison Daily Leader join for the weekly discussion.

Noem Says She Will Veto Any 2020 Hemp Legislation

Sep 10, 2019

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Governor Kristi Noem says she will veto any industrial hemp legislation that reaches her desk next session.

She says law enforcement is unable to distinguish between hemp and it’s cousin marijuana. Noem says states that legalize industrial hemp have legalized marijuana.

The federal government says states cannot prohibit interstate transportation of hemp.

South Dakota is one of three states without any sort of commercial, research or pilot program for hemp, alongside Idaho and Mississippi.

Department of Forensic Science / State Of Virginia

Governor Kristi Noem says she’s concerned legalizing industrial hemp production will put law enforcement at a disadvantage.

She says police officers are unable to distinguish between hemp and marijuana on the road.

However, the Commonwealth of Virginia says it’s in the process of validating a field test to distinguish between the two.

News: Aug 24 - 30

Aug 30, 2019

Democratic State Representative Michael Saba discusses new ways to bring money into South Dakota. Rosebud and the Fort Belknap Indian Community have sued President Trump for violating treaties. South Dakota parents, educators and health officials are facing a four-year gap in data about risky youth. A Sanford Health researcher talks vaping. Hemp crop insurance is on the way despite Governor Noem’s opposition.

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Governor Kristi Noem is digging in to her opposition for industrial hemp legalization.

In her weekly column, Noem says legalizing industrial hemp legalizes marijuana by default.

However, national cannabis industry experts say hemp and marijuana legalization have been going down different paths.

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

The US Department of Agriculture is announcing hemp crop insurance coverage for the year 2020.

The chair of a legislative summer study looking into an industrial hemp program says that’s a big deal for South Dakota farmers who want to raise hemp.

However, the announcement doesn’t change Governor Kristi Noem’s opposition to industrial hemp legalization.

Jamie Edwards / North Dakota Hemp Farmer

The Secretary for the Department of Public Safety says transporting hemp across South Dakota is legal if drivers are moving a crop under a license issued in a state approved by the US Department of Ag.

That came up last week during a summer study committee on hemp, after Secretary Craig Price said highway patrol arrested a Colorado man who says he was transporting hemp to Minnesota.

Price says they’re having discussions on how to handle interstate commerce and industrial hemp.

Hemp Delivery Man To Plead 'Not Guilty'

Aug 21, 2019
Jamie Edwards / North Dakota Hemp Farmer

An attorney for Robert Herzberg—the Colorado man who was arrested for delivering what he says was hemp to Minnesota—says he will plead not guilty.

Matthew Kinney is representing Herzberg. He says the state wrongfully charged Herzberg with intending to distribute marijuana and possessing more than ten pounds of the drug.

Hemp is a cousin to marijuana and both are part of the cannabis family.

Kinney says that while more and more states change their laws around cannabis regarding both marijuana and hemp; South Dakota is not paying attention to farm bill requirements.


In The Moment ... August 21, 2019 Show 642 Hour 2

The Minnehaha County Democrats, in a press release today, say a candidate will step forward to run against Representative Dusty Johson in 2020. Could it be Whitney Raver?

Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter and Jon Schaff also discuss this week's industrial hemp hearings and the Frank La Mere Native American Presidential Forum.

KY Police Advise Cop, Ag Department Cooperation on Hemp

Jul 11, 2019
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

A Kentucky law enforcement official is stressing communication between state departments, should the state legalize industrial hemp production.

That came up during the first meeting of the industrial hemp study in Pierre.

Speaking to a South Dakota legislative task force, Kentucky State Police Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Slinker says Kentucky law enforcement utilizes the state’s Ag department database on hemp fields.

In the Moment News: July 1-7

Jul 3, 2019

Representative Jean Hunhoff discusses the mental health task force she chairs. State Representative Nancy Rasmussen explains the Special Education Interim Study Committee. Representative Lee Qualm and Representative Oren Lesmeister talk industrial hemp. SDPB’s Lee Strubinger reports on freshman state legislator Scyller Borglum’s announcement to run for the U.S. Senate in 2020. Political Junky Jon Hunter discuss this week in South Dakota politics. 

Dakota Political Junkies: Interim Studies

Apr 3, 2019

In The Moment ... April 3, 2019 Show 548 Hour 2

The South Dakota Legislature will conduct interim studies of industrial hemp and the meth epidemic as they look ahead to the 2020 session.

And, Representative Scyller Borlum is traveling the state and talking with people about how to make education in rural South Dakota more accessible.

State Senate To Vote On Hemp Again

Mar 5, 2019
Jamie Edwards / North Dakota Hemp Farmer

Despite initially failing in the state senate, lawmakers will cast another vote on legalizing industrial hemp production.

Governor Kristi Noem opposes hemp production legalization. Senators did vote in favor of a broad amendment brought by the governor’s office, but ultimately the bill did not receive enough votes to pass.

Republican State Senator Jordan Youngberg is a prime sponsor of the bill. He says he’s looking into changes that can be made to the bill.

Gov. Noem Wants Lawmakers To Table Hemp Legislation

Feb 8, 2019
Office of Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Kristi Noem is asking state lawmakers to put a pause on legalizing hemp for production.

Two bills working through the legislature deal with hemp production. Noem says growth is not authorized under any state or federal programs, yet.

Governor Noem, along with the Department of Agriculture are discouraging farmers to plan on growing industrial hemp this year.

She says the state is not ready to produce industrial hemp.

Noem says she would like to wait until next session to consider the issue.

Hemp Bill Falls On Legislative Hurdle

Feb 18, 2016

A panel of state legislators has turned down a bill to legalize industrial hemp.  The bill passed the house by a large majority, but hit a wall in its first hearing before the Senate Ag and Natural Resources Committee.

Proponents say hemp doesn’t contain THC, the component in marijuana that produces a high.  They say hemp can be a good source of income for farmers, and add that surrounding states are out competing South Dakota.   

2016 SD Leg, Not Just Ed Funding And Medicaid

Jan 19, 2016

Education and Medicaid expansion are the hot topics in Pierre this session…but they’re not the only bills likely to generate public interest. Here’s a rundown of some of the bills SDPB is tracking.