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Backers Of Medical And Recreational Pot Measures Kick Off Campaign

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Backers of legalizing both medical and recreational marijuana in South Dakota have kicked off their election campaign after putting initiatives for each on the November ballot.

South Dakota, where marijuana is currently illegal, would be the first state to approve both medical and recreational marijuana at the same time.

Advocates started their campaign by touting the support of a former U.S. attorney for South Dakota and a former staffer for a Republican president and senator, but they will have to overcome the strong opposition of Republican Gov. Kristi Noem.

In Nebraska, Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana has until July 2nd to gather over 120,000 signatures to put its version of a medical pot legalization measure on the ballot.

The effort got a big boost this week when ADOPT, a broad coalition of Nebraskans who support access to medical cannabis, gave the effort nearly 50,000 validated petition signatures it collected this spring.

Even with the ADOPT signatures, the petition drive has collected only about half the needed signatures after efforts were halted for more than 2 months by coronavirus rules.