Attorney General Explanation Released for Initiated Measure
Decriminalizing One Ounce or Less of Marijuana
PIERRE, S.D.- South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today an Attorney General Explanation for an initiated measure has been filed with the Secretary of State. This statement will appear on petitions that will be circulated by the sponsor of the measure. If the sponsor obtains a sufficient number of signatures (13,871) on the petitions by November 9, 2015, as certified by the Secretary of State, the measure will be placed on the ballot for the November 2016 general election.
1. An initiated measure to decriminalize the possession of one ounce or less of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia
Under South Dakota law, the Attorney General is responsible for preparing explanations for proposed initiated measures, referred laws, and South Dakota Constitutional Amendments. Specifically, the explanation includes a title, an objective, clear and simple summary of the purpose and effect of the proposed measure and a description of the legal consequences.
To view the Attorney General Explanation for the measure, as well as the final form of the measure submitted to this office, please click on the link below: