South Dakota voters approve Medicaid expansion, defeat recreational marijuana

South Dakota voters Tuesday approve an expansion of Medicaid but vote down recreational marijuana.

Medicaid expansion passed with 56-percent approval. South Dakota was one of 12 states that had not approved expansion of the federal program to cover more people. The measure extends Medicaid benefits to more than 40,000 low-income adults.

Recreational marijuana is defeated with 53-percent of voters saying ‘no.’ Adult recreational use passed in 2020 with 54% of the vote but was challenged on behalf of the governor, and subsequently overturned by the state Supreme Court.


November 9, 2022