Attorney General Marty Jackley has said more than once that he could support medical marijuana under three conditions:
“What I have indicated as Attorney General from a matter of public safety and a matter of public health that in order for me to likely support a Marijuana piece of legislation I would need three major protections in place.” South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley tells KSFY News those three protections would allow for true medicinal use and not open the door to abuse. “One would be FDA approval, one would be a South Dakota physician prescribing the medication and the other would be a South Dakota pharmacist dispensing it” [“Medical Marijuana Supporters Hope to See Legislation in Pierre,” KSFY, 2017.01.13].
The medical marijuana initiative currently circulating would allow “dispensaries,” not just pharmacists, to distribute medical cannabis, so it doesn’t meet A.G. Jackley’s third standard. But the medical marijuana initiative, along with the other two initiative circulated by New Approach South Dakota on recreational marijuana and assisted suicide, does have Brandon pharmacist Tom Wullenstein on board as a petition circulator:
Please welcome the Brandon Pharmacy to our team as a permanent signing location for the petitions. Located at 116 E Holly Blvd in Brandon, SD. Dr Tom & his family are excited to welcome you to their business in order to bring compassion to SD.
…Please support local businesses that support our cause. Together we can move mountains [New Approach South Dakota, Facebook post, 2017.07.12].
Brandon Pharmacy is just one of several South Dakota businesses that are willing to host circulation of these controversial petitions. The Spearfish Sears store hosted New Approach petitioners on July 4 and continues to have petitions available to sign. Nick’s Hamburger Shop in Brookings is letting New Approach collect signatures in its courtyard this evening during the Downtown at Sundown event this evening. Crow Peak Brewing Company in Spearfish and Beamers Pub in Lennox have also hosted New Approach SD petitions.