South Dakota House Overrides Governor’s Veto of Hemp Bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota’s House has voted to override Republican Gov. Kristi Noem’s veto of a bill to legalize industrial hemp production in the state.

Representatives voted 55-11 Tuesday to override Noem, teeing up a showdown in the Senate. The push could face trouble in the Senate, which didn’t pass the bill with the two-thirds support that would be needed for an override.

The main sponsor, Democratic Rep. Oren Lesmeister, asked representatives again to stand behind the bill.

Noem said in her Monday veto message that “normalizing” hemp was part of a bigger strategy to make marijuana legalization inevitable. She says the bill would make law enforcement’s job more difficult.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says at least 41 states have enacted hemp growing and production programs.

The 2018 federal farm bill legalized cultivation of industrial hemp nationally. Supporters say planting hemp wouldn’t even happen until 2020 under the South Dakota proposal.

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