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A South Dakota judge overturned a voter-approved constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana on Monday.
Amendment A would have legalized marijuana for recreational use and was approved by over 54 percent of South Dakota voters last November. Republican Governor Kristi Noem, a close ally of former President Donald Trump, opposed the legalization effort and moved to reject the amendment after it passed, arguing that it should be overturned on technical grounds.
Circuit Judge Christina Klinger, who was appointed by Noem in 2019, agreed with the governor and invalidated the amendment late Monday afternoon. Klinger’s ruling asserted that the amendment dealt with more than one issue and was therefore a revision to the state constitution rather than an amendment.
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