Among the numerous restrictions legislators are proposing to whittle away at Initiated Measure 26, the medical marijuana measure that South Dakota voters passed in 2020, is House Bill 1094, filed Friday by Representatives Rhonda Milstead (R-9/Wall Lake) and Fred Deutsch (R-4/your kids’ school bathroom). HB 1094 would ban the possession and medical use of cannabis on any school grounds public or private, at any school activity, or at any indoor or outdoor recreational and cultural facilities used by children. HB 1094 then reaches far afield and bans smoking or vaping cannabis in the outdoor living area of any private residence within 1,000 feet of any school, preschool, playground, or other facilities off-limitized by this bill.
Speaking of guns, South Dakota law currently says 660 feet is safe enough distance to separate active shooters from homes and livestock, and lawmakers have a tough time fielding a majority to expand that safety zone to a mere 900 feet. Federal law sets school gun-free zones at 1,000 feet. Medical marijuana has far less lethal range than bullets, yet Milstead and Deutsch think kids need more insulation from cancer patients visiting Dr. Doobage than from Gooney McBuckshot leaping from his truck to blast Mr. Ringneck?
HB 1094 provides exceptions to the school cannabis-free zones for medical cannabis cardholder students complying with a conspicuously posted official school policy.
House Health and Human Services takes up HB 1094 along with three other medical cannabis bills tomorrow (Thursday), 7:45 a.m., Capitol Room 412.