industrial hemp

County Prosecutor Says He Won’t Prosecute CBD Oil Cases

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The top prosecutor in Pennington County says he won’t prosecute cases involving hemp and CBD oil, contradicting a decision by the South Dakota attorney general. State Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg recently sent a release that said industrial hemp and all forms of CBD oil remain illegal in South Dakota. Pennington County State’s Attorney Mark Vargo tells…

Governor’s Reluctance Over Industrial Hemp to Be Tested

Committee hearing scheduled for today at 10 a.m.

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s request that lawmakers hold off on legalizing industrial hemp is about to be tested. The Senate agriculture committee is to debate a bill Thursday to allow hemp cultivation. The Republican governor says the state isn’t ready. The hearing was scheduled for earlier this month, but the governor’s office sought a delay so…

Growing Hemp Could Be Advantage for Farmers

CENTERVILLE, S.D. — Governor Kristi Noem and lawmakers are clashing over legalizing industrial hemp in South Dakota. Hemp was legalized nationally with the 2018 Farm Bill, but now it’s up to the states to decide. “It is something that would be beneficial for us to be looking at,” says Craig Andersen a Centerville farmer. Andersen has been farming in Centerville since…