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South Dakota Cannabis Legalization Campaign Opening New Office in Rapid City


Sioux Falls, SD – September 7, 2022 ( Newswire) South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws, which is leading the effort to pass Initiated Measure 27, announced today that it is opening a new campaign office in Rapid City on Friday. The office will be at the same location as the successful petition signing drive-thru events held in April (230 E North St, Rapid City, SD 57701).

The office will be open to supporters and volunteers on Friday, September 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. MT and on Saturday, September 10, from noon to 4:00 p.m. MT. Regular office hours will be announced soon.

“We’re very excited to open our campaign office in Rapid City given the very positive response to our drive-thru signature gathering events earlier this year,” said campaign manager Matthew Schweich. “We will use this office for many purposes including training volunteers, distributing lawn signs, organizing phone banks and door knocking campaigns, and selling Yes on 27 T-shirts and hats.”

Initiated Measure 27 is the 2022 ballot measure that voters will decide on Election Day, November 8. Measure 27 would legalize personal possession of small amounts of cannabis by adults 21 and older in South Dakota. If approved by voters, the law will take effect on July 1, 2023.

“Now that we’re past Labor Day, our campaign is kicking its voter registration and field operation into high gear by mobilizing supporters and volunteers across South Dakota,” said Quincy Hanzen, deputy campaign manager for the Yes on 27 campaign. “We are very excited to expand our operations in the Rapid City area. If you’re interested in getting involved as a volunteer, or if you just have a question about voter registration, then please call or text our campaign hotline at 605-269-8552.”

More information about South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws Inc.

With the help of allies, volunteers, donors, and supporters, South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws has been highly effective at reforming South Dakota’s cannabis laws and defending the ballot initiative process since forming in the fall of 2019.

In 2020, we spearheaded the campaign that passed Amendment A (cannabis legalization for adults) and Initiated Measure 26 (medical cannabis legalization) on Election Day.

Following our historic victory, we played a leading role in the grassroots legislative lobbying campaigns in 2021 and 2022 that defended Initiated Measure 26 against attacks by politicians.

In the fall of 2021, the South Dakota Supreme Court repealed Amendment A in a deeply flawed and unjust ruling. Since then, we have been working to restore the will of the people by legalizing cannabis for a second time.

From October 2021 to May 2022, we ran the signature drive that successfully qualified a cannabis legalization initiative – now known as Initiated Measure 27 – for the November 8, 2022 ballot.

After that, we joined a coalition of groups campaigning against Amendment C, which was overwhelmingly defeated 33% to 67% in the South Dakota Primary Election on June 7, 2022. Amendment C was a sneak attack on the initiative process by politicians in Pierre and posed a potential legal threat to Measure 27.

South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws Inc. is a registered South Dakota statewide ballot question committee.

Contact: Matthew Schweich
Yes on 27 Campaign Manager
South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws Inc.

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