Noem Wants To Delay Implementing Medical Pot For A Year Posted by John Axtell Date: February 11, 2021 199 Views South Dakota voters in November passed two initiated measures dealing with marijuana – one legalizing both recreational and medicinal pot that’s been found to be unconstitutional by a state judge and one allowing pot only for medical uses. Gov Kristi Noem is promising to honor the will of voters to legalize medical marijuana, just not this year. The measure called for medical pot to become legal July 1st of this year, but Noem has announced a plan to delay it until July 1st of next year. The Republican governor says she did not have enough time to study the issue and implement a program. GOP leaders in the legislature support Noem’s planRepublican and House Speaker Spencer Gosch unveiled a bill early Wednesday to set up a committee to study implementation.