Feb 12, 2020 3:40 AM

House votes to legalize industrial hemp in South Dakota

Posted Feb 12, 2020 3:40 AM

The South Dakota House has passed a proposal to legalize and regulate the growth, processing and transportation of industrial hemp in the state.

Legislators didn't even debate the bill as it passed with a two-thirds majority.

It will next be considered by the Senate.

If that body also passes it and Gov. Kristi Noem signs it into law, it could go into effect immediately.

Funding could be a sticking point.

Noem's office estimates it would cost about $3.5 million to get the program up and running.

She wants legislators to figure out how to make room in the budget for it.

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Feb 12, 2020 3:40 AM
CDC cites label error in mixup involving coronavirus patient

Officials say a labeling error caused a person infected with the novel coronavirus to be mistakenly released from a hospital and returned to a San Diego military base.

That's where more than 200 evacuees from China are living under federal quarantine.

The CDC issued a negative finding Sunday on a large batch of specimens. Among those tested were three people who had been hospitalized with symptoms and released.

On Monday, authorities discovered that one of them had tested positive and that patient was sent back to a hospital.

The agency says it will now assign a laboratory specialist to prevent incorrect labeling.