Belle Fourche feud brings push to repeal South Dakota’s medical pot law
Right-wing activist organization formed after Butte County passed loose cultivation regulations
BELLE FOURCHE — A long-standing squabble between a town hall gadfly and public officials has bubbled into a right-wing activist group hoping to shut down South Dakota’s medical marijuana program with a statewide vote.
Travis Ismay, a rural Vale resident, has filed paperwork with the Secretary of State’s Office to circulate petitions calling for a repeal of a 2021 law that legalized cannabis for medicinal use in South Dakota.
The law took effect after South Dakota voters resoundingly approved it at the ballot in 2020.
And as the new law was being implemented by local governments, Butte County included, Ismay created Concerned Citizens of Butte County (CCOBC), an activist group he says aims to inform and improve the county through “truth and accountability.”
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