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PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — Businesses that grow, test and sell medical cannabis in South Dakota could soon lose some legal protections that voters put into state law three years ago.

State legislators are considering whether to allow law enforcement to inspect, search, seize materials or prosecute dispensaries, as well as facilities that grow, manufacture or test cannabis.

Republican Sen. Jim Mehlhaff wants to repeal protections that became law when 70% of voters legalized medical marijuana in South Dakota’s 2020 general election.

The Senate has already given its approval to Mehlhaff’s legislation, SB71. On Tuesday, it advanced through the House Health and Human Services Committee.

The full House of Representatives will debate the bill and possibly give final legislative approval as soon as Wednesday afternoon.

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