Sometimes, I wonder where legislators’ heads are at.
State Senator Bruce Rampelberg is already a sponsor this year of a measure to create a corporate income tax. And now, he’s all in on starting South Dakota down the road to legalizing pot, as a sponsor of Senate Bill 167, and his latest measure, Senate Bill 171.
Although, he has to admit, he hasn’t bothered to read 171.
The Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted 7-0 in favor of registering Senate Bill 171 on Friday. The bill would allow the state to “permit and regulate the compassionate use of cannabis (marijuana) and provide penalties therefor.”
On Friday, the bill had its first reading in the Senate and was referred back to the same committee where it originated for a hearing next week.
Committee chairman Sen. Bruce Rampelberg, R-Rapid City, sees the bill as a way to start a conversation about how cannabis could be used as medicine. He said he became intrigued about the possibility of marijuana as a medicine after receiving several emails this year, and in years past, from people who say they have found relief from serious medical issues by using marijuana.
Rampelberg admits he has not read the entirety of Senate Bill 171, but said it will likely need to be amended if it has a chance at passage.
With Republicans like this, who needs Democrats?