Culture Wars/Current Controversies

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Fights Voters and Lawmakers Who Want To End the War on Weed

Between her and Gretchen Whitmer, the evidence is overwhelming that bitchiness is bipartisan.

By Scott Shackford, Reason

After turning to the courts to stop voters from legalizing recreational marijuana in South Dakota, Gov. Kristi Noem says she’ll also veto attempts by lawmakers to give voters what they’ve demanded.

Noem said on Thursday at a news conference that she would “not be inclined” to sign a bill legalizing marijuana if sent to her desk by state legislators. Her declaration comes just days after a judge, as part of a legal challenge Noem supported and helped fund, ruled that a ballot initiative approved by 54 percent of voters was unconstitutional and subsequently voided it.

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