Evidently suffering from too much time and budget on her hands, Governor Kristi Noem felt the need to produce a 1:22 Twitter ad to justify her veto of industrial hemp:
My veto on industrial hemp was upheld. Here’s why I vetoed the bill. pic.twitter.com/6mhCJBlUJm
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) March 12, 2019
The farm memorabilia in the background aptly represents Noem’s farm cred: all memorabilia, all behind her.
House Bill 1191 prime sponsor Representative Oren Lesmeister (D-28A/Parade), who has said Governor Noem is “uneducated” on the issue of hemp, doesn’t need a fancy video to make his point. He issues a statement branding Noem “out of touch” with almost everyone on the hemp issue and hasn’t dealt honestly with him or the Legislature:
I am extremely disappointed with Governor Noem’s decision to veto industrial hemp. While our surrounding states will be glad to have less competition, we are letting our farmers down. This is not a partisan issue: Democrats and Republicans strongly support the hemp bill.
This is an issue where Governor Noem is out of touch with the legislators and out of touch with the people of South Dakota. The most disappointing part of this process has been that Governor Noem has not been an honest operator. She has refused to meet with me throughout this process, and she has attacked this bill saying it is a path to marijuana legalization.
I don’t know what has changed since she worked to pass the Farm Bill, but I know when Senator Mitch McConnell presented legislation to legalize industrial hemp, he was not supporting a pathway to marijuana. That’s not what I want, and it’s not what the people of South Dakota want.
The only roadblock on the path to industrial hemp for South Dakota is Governor Noem, and this week, she let the people of South Dakota down [Rep. Oren Lesmeister, in Bob Mercer, “Hemp Bill’s Prime Sponsor Issues Statement After Veto Upheld,” KELO-TV, 2019.03.12].
Rep. Lesmeister rallied 54 of his House colleagues to join him in voting to override Noem’s senseless veto. Noem held onto enough trembling Republican sycophants, including my Senator Al Novstrup (R-3/Aberdeen) in the Senate to uphold her veto and keep South Dakota out of the hemp market for at least another year.