South Dakota voters could boost funding to teachers and reduce the state's sales tax burden by supporting a ballot measure aimed at legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

And the measure's sponsors are hoping to emphasize that point as they ask voters to sign petitions that could put the question on the 2018 ballot.

Under the proposal, South Dakota residents 21 and older would be able to legally possess and use one ounce of cannabis or grow five marijuana plants. Non-residents would be limited to a quarter ounce.

As part of the measure, sales and excise tax collected for the sale and transfer of marijuana could flow to the Department of Education for teacher pay and school supplies, to the Department of Health for drug prevention and abuse education campaigns and to law enforcement agencies to help police illegal drug use and sale.

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Dana Ferguson ~ ArgusLeader.com ~