PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he needs to review proposed ballot measures that would decriminalize marijuana possession and legalize medicinal cannabis, but the governor says he generally hasn’t supported such proposals.
Daugaard told The Associated Press on Wednesday he believes marijuana decriminalization would make the drug more available and less difficult to possess.
Daugaard says he would need to be convinced that marijuana has a medicinal use that available prescription drugs can’t perform before he would support the use of pot for medical reasons.
Proponents of the ballot measures argue that law enforcement resources should be devoted elsewhere and that sick patients need access to the plant.
Backers need to collect nearly 14,000 signatures by Nov. 9 to get the measures before voters in 2016.
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