Oren Lesmeister

In the Moment News: July 1-7

Jul 3, 2019
SDPB

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. 

Hemp Summer Study

Jul 2, 2019
SDPB

In The Moment ... July 2, 2019 Show 608 Hour 2

A group of South Dakota Legislators will get together this summer to study the regulation and the costs of putting an industrial hemp program in place.

Republican Representative Lee Qualm chairs the study. He represents District 21. Democratic Representative Oren Lesmeister led the charge for industrial hemp legislation earlier this year. He represents District 28A.

SD Legislative Research Council

South Dakota farmers wanting to grow hemp crossed a legal hurdle on Thursday, Feb. 7.

The House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources approved a bill that lays out regulations for hemp cultivation.

This state legislation follows the decriminalization of hemp in the 2018 federal farm bill.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.