South Dakota Hemp Business & Legal News

Longtime hemp critic launches national attack, saying plant won’t help farmers

A South Dakota politician who opposes hemp cultivation is taking her argument national just as federal agriculture authorities are expected to release national production rules. Republican Gov. Kristi Noem wrote in a column published in The Wall Street Journal that many states have legalized hemp to as a savior for struggling farmers but that “hemp […]

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Ongoing hemp-transport questions trigger Minnesota warning

A Minnesota hemp industry group is warning manufacturers not to order hemp biomass from other states in the wake of a South Dakota drug arrest of a deliveryman bringing plants from Colorado to Minnesota for extraction. The Minnesota warning comes as a federal appeals court prepares to hear arguments next week over hemp transportation. “The ability […]

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Judge denies South Dakota tribe’s request to grow hemp this year

The American Indian tribe that’s suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) over delayed hemp regulations will have to wait until the lawsuit is concluded or the agency approves its hemp production plan, a federal judge has ruled. The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe requested a temporary restraining order against the USDA and a preliminary injunction […]

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South Dakota tribe sues USDA over delayed hemp regulations

An American Indian tribe in South Dakota has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for failing to approve its plan for hemp regulation on tribal lands. The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe claims that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue violated the 2018 Farm Bill when he did not approve the tribe’s plan within […]

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South Dakota governor vetoes legal hemp production

The hopes for legal hemp production in South Dakota came to a halt when Gov. Kristi Noem vetoed a bill approved by the state’s Legislature. Concerned that South Dakota was “not ready” for legalized hemp production because it would prove too difficult for law enforcement to regulate, Noem previously made it known she was opposed […]

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States get busy on hemp as USDA delays national hemp rules until 2020

Energized by the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and places federal regulatory authority with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), states have been readying their hemp cultivation regulatory plans for approval. But those next steps were put on hold on this week when the USDA confirmed it will not […]

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South Dakota lawmakers vote to join hemp boom, despite governor’s concerns

South Dakota lawmakers have given hemp production a huge thumbs-up, against the governor’s wishes to table the proposal, to join at least 41 other states with laws allowing hemp cultivation. The House voted 65-2 Monday to allow hemp farming, a solid rebuke to South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who last week asked lawmakers to shelve […]

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SD Tribe Consultants Charged With Marijuana Crimes

A pair of Colorado-based consultants who had previously been contracted to help a South Dakota tribe start a marijuana resort on Native American land have been charged with state narcotics crimes, and the tribe itself has decided to instead grow vegetables such as tomatoes. The incident underscores how tribal interests in marijuana have cooled since a […]

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