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State of South Dakota
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2013
HOUSE BILL NO. 1227
Introduced by: Representatives Kaiser, May, and Olson (Betty) and Senators Tieszen,
Adelstein, Bradford, and Frerichs
FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to provide for an affirmative defense of medical necessity
for certain marijauna offenses.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. It is an affirmative defense to the charge of possession of two ounces or less of
marijuana under § 22-42-6 or the charge of ingesting marijuana for purpose of becoming
intoxicated under § 22-42-15 if the defendant proves by a preponderance of the evidence, that
the defendant has a medical necessity to possess or use marijuana. The court may consider
expert testimony, the testimony of lay persons with similar medical conditions, any
recommendation by a competent medical authority, and any other relevant testimony to
determine whether a defendant has a medical necessity.
Section 2. For purposes of this Act, a medical necessity is:
(1) Any medical condition recognized by a competent medical authority as a condition
for which marijuana is palliative; or
(2) Any medical condition that a competent medical authority has recommended that the
defendant use marijuana for palliative care.
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