South Dakota and Wisconsin are preparing to legalize medical marijuana – maybe

Right now, simple possession or testing positive for cannabis can land you in jail for a year in both states

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Two of the most punitive states in the U.S. are getting with the times on cannabis – maybe.

According to the Associated Press, South Dakota and Wisconsin are preparing ballot measures for 2020 that would allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana. Two previous ballot questions on medical cannabis failed in South Dakota. But the measures seem to have bipartisan support this time. Or, at least, the Republicans in each state seem to realize that they are on the wrong side of public opinion. 

South Dakota, in particular, has harsh laws on weed. Simply testing positive for cannabis can be a felony offense. 

In Wisconsin, meanwhile, the use of CBD oil is allowed, but strictly for seizures. Simple possession of cannabis, on the other hand, can land you in jail for a year. Interestingly, the state was a major producer of industrial hemp until the late 1960s.