Noem's position on hemp unchanged despite new USDA guidelines
Gov. Kristi Noem says recently released guidelines from the federal government have not softened her position against industrial hemp.
Noem issued a statement Tuesday, reiterated previously stated
that legalized industrial hemp would make it difficult to enforce marijuana laws, and that it would serve as a gateway toward legal marijuana in South Dakota.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture
guidelines for the production of industrial hemp. Many states had already legalized hemp production, but others were waiting for guidance from the federal level.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, South Dakota is
states that does not allow any cultivation of hemp.
The following is the full statement from Gov. Noem: