January 24, 2023
PIERRE, S.D.–This morning, a South Dakota House committee passed a bill preventing doctors from certifying pregnant and breastfeeding women for a medical marijuana card.
House Bill 1053 passed the House Health and Human Services Committee on a party-line 11 to 2 vote.
Dr. Benjamin Aaker is an emergency room doctor from Brandon, and a supporter of the bill.
Bill opponent, Democratic Rep. Erin Healy from Sioux Falls.
The bill now goes to the House for consideration.
Bill sponsor, Republican Fred Deutsch of Florence (pictured) , says South Dakota would be the first state to adopt such a law should it pass.