Analysis: Money, marijuana dominate busy 2021 South Dakota legislative session

Lawmakers this year passed the biggest budget in state history and carved out funding for long-term, transformational projects like broadband and rail line expansion, all amid a once-in-a-century pandemic.

But it’s what didn’t happen that the 2021 Legislative Session might be most remembered for.

For 128 days, dozens if not hundreds of legal and political minds in South Dakota discussed, deliberated and acted in response to a pair of voter-backed ballot measures to end marijuana prohibition in the state.