Melissa Mentele (pronounced /MET-lee/) of New Approach South Dakota brought her medical cannabis petition to the Brown County Fair today. She says she doesn’t go looking for press, but she gave Dakota Free Press five and a half minutes of this very muggy afternoon to talk about the “Walker Brigade” and numerous other unlikely volunteers working hard to put NASD’s initiative on the ballot:
Mentele responds to the dumbest interviewer question of the day (I really didn’t mean to say “lighting up”—sorry, Melissa!) with the most surprising petition statement of the day: “Most of our signers are 50 and above.”
Mentele has petitioners around the state; the next big events for signers are Riverboat Days in Yankton next weekend, then the South Dakota State Fair in Huron September 3–7. She also says she has a volunteer at the Minnehaha County Courthouse every business day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.