House Bill 1008 has to do with the legalization of hemp production in South Dakota. It is reaching the final phase where a decision will have to be made on whether hemp production should be allowed or continue to be rejected. March 12th is the cut off date where a decision must be made. The final issue is funding which has been estimated to be 3.5 million dollars.

Key Takeaways:

  • House Bill 1008 has reached the final day on which it can be ratified.
  • The date is March 12th, 2020. A decision will have to be made.
  • The only hurdle left is funding which will cost an estimated $3.5 million.

Quote: “Any leftover funds allocated to the hemp program implementation will be deposited back into the state’s general fund. The Senate will decide to send the bill to Noem’s desk or kill it during session Thursday, March 12.” (Marvel, 2020)

Link to article:

https://www.agweek.com/news/government-and-politics/4994653-Committee-sends-revised-hemp-bill-to-South-Dakota-Senate

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Veterinarians are worried about the toxicity of cannabis edibles in pets. They are not worried about the cannabis but the ingredients that go with the edibles. They are noting that cannabis edibles often come with chocolate, raisins, and other things like xylitol. The mixture could be very bad for pets when mixed together. They note that the cases of exposure and poisoning from cannabis edibles as quadrupled in the United States.

Key Takeaways:

  • Some veterinarians are worried about the possibility of exposure of pets to edible cannabis.
  • They cite that the reports of poisoning from cannabis edibles have quadrupled.
  • The mixture of things like chocolate, raisins, and other toxic ingredients for dogs seem to be the problem as opposed to the cannabis itself.

“Over the past six years, the U.S.-based Pet Poison Helpline says cannabis toxicity cases have more than quadrupled in the U.S. In Canada, the helpline reported there were 54 reports of pet exposure to CBD and cannabis during the first seven months of 2019.” (Geary, 2020)

Link to article:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/cannabis-pets-vet-advice-1.5464578

More details about the bill that would allow residents in South Dakota to grow hemp have been released. The bill says there is a threshold of THC which is .03% or less. The crop can be tested twice and if it does not meet the standard then the crop must be destroyed. The bill also states that it must be grown on five continuous acres. Indoor growing of hemp is not allowed. It also states that the South Dakota Department of Public Safety will be the organization running the inspections. It is hoped that the bill will have action done on it during Thursday’s hearing.

Key Takeaways:

  • A bill is awaiting an amendment before it can have action take on it on Thursday.
  • The bill is about growing hemp and has certain restrictions such as the hemp must less than .03% of THQ. The hemp can be tested twice and if it has over the allotted amount both times then the crop must be destroyed.
  • The crop must also be grown on five continuous acres.
  • Quote: “District 28A state Rep. Oren Lesmeister, D-Parade, said that the committee is awaiting an amendment before taking action on the bill in committee.” (Marvel, 2020)

    Link to article:

    https://www.thedickinsonpress.com/news/government-and-politics/4919641-Hemp-deferred-in-South-Dakota-House-committee

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    The matter of legalizing hemp production in South Dakota was discussed but no movement on Bill 1008 occurred because there was no prison impact statement. The statement is, basically, a statement that looks at how much the state’s prison population would grow or shrink as a result of the passing of the bill. If the bill was passed then there would be inspections of the plants to make sure the THC content is under .03. If it is not under that level then the crop will have to be destroyed.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Bill 1008 was discussed but nothing happened because there was no prison impact statement on the preliminary amendment.
    • Bill 1008 would legalize the production of hemp and other derivative products.
    • The products, under the bill, would have to have THC levels under .03 or the product will have to be destroyed.

    Quote: “All plants need to have a THC content of 0.03% or less. If tests determine that the plants exceed this level, they can be retested. If the second test shows the hemp plant still has a content over the allowed THC amounts, the crop must be destroyed. The South Dakota Department of Public Safety will handle the inspections.” (Marvel, 2020)

    Link to article:

    https://www.thedickinsonpress.com/news/government-and-politics/4888593-Licensing-details-for-hemp-being-ironed-out-as-South-Dakota-legislators-mull-amendment

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