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Marijuana Makes South Dakota Ballot Again; IM 27 Petition has 25,023 Valid Signatures

South Dakota voters get at least two initiatives to vote come November. After three weeks of counting and checking signatures, Secretary of State Steve Barnett announced this morning that South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws collected enough signatures to place their latest marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot as Initiated Measure 27.

  • Signatures required: 16,961
  • Signatures received: 31,587
  • Random sample size required by ARSD 05:02:08:00.05: 717
  • Validity rate of signatures in random sample: 79.22%
  • Estimated number of valid signatures submitted: 25,023
  • SDBML’s signatures to spare above minimum threshold: 47.53%

Secretary Barnett reminds us that IM 27’s place on the ballot isn’t final yet: Governor Kristi Noem, who took 2020’s Amendment A to court to prevent South Dakota’s first voter-approved marijuana legalization from taking effect, and anyone else who hates pot and democracy has 30 days, through June 27, to submit a formal challenge of the Secretary’s validation of this petition to the Secretary’s office. Under SDCL 2-1-17.1, such a challenge may only deal with signatures in the 2.27% of signatures the Secretary sampled, not the bulk of the petition, and it may only relate to whether those signers are registered voters and whether the sampled sheets are facially complete. Anyone who wants to challenge signatures not sampled or the truth of any information provided by the signers and circulators has to go to court (SDCL 2-1-18). There is no statutory deadline for taking a petition to court, but if you want to keep IM 27 off the ballot, you’d better file fast: the Secretary of State has to certify copies of all ballot questions to county auditors by August 16 and deliver printed ballots to all auditors by September 21.



  1. Ryan 2022-05-25 16:50

    i remember 20 years ago or so… in speech… my senior year of high school… doing a “persuasive” speech on any topic of one’s choosing. i selected the legalization of cannabis. my very conservative (but otherwise pretty cool) teacher gave me an A for my research, writing, and oration. i never actually thought it would happen, though… you know, because of all the dummies. but here we are. another shot. how bout that?

  2. Mark Anderson 2022-05-25 17:41

    You have to wonder how Kristi Noem will tank it this time.

  3. Nix 2022-05-25 20:08

    The will of the people?
    Let’s try this again.
    Under God the people rule?
    Who carved that ?
    Freedom to do as you please?
    Fair, Legal vote to enact laws that the
    GOP in Pierre were sent up there to represent us on?
    Don’t be ridiculous…..This is the land of
    the Dope Queen of Delusion and her
    Welcome to South Dakota.

  4. Bob Newland 2022-05-25 21:24

    “Under god the people rule.”

    If they do so twice, or maybe three or four times, and then, maybe.

  5. Neal 2022-05-25 23:32

    It’s gonna be a close vote. Could go either way.

  6. P. Aitch 2022-05-26 19:21

    You don’t need the weed …
    The truth will set you free

  7. Ryan 2022-05-26 19:26

    Nobody needs anything, man. Life is like, just a dream. Just row, bro. But row leisurely, gently, for nothing is of consequence.

  8. All Mammal 2022-05-26 20:23

    Gentle? Row? Rage. Motorboat. Geronimo, baby. Bob with the consequence.
    Those petition circulators put it down. One hand behind the head, the other grippin’ the ankle. Touch elbow to knee. Get it, get it, get it.
    Who says young South Dakotans won’t go to work? Indigent is a state of mind, man.
    Sober as a judge, Mr. G. Not like that mayor from DC.

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