Pennington County prosecutor says he won’t prosecute CBD oil cases

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The top prosecutor in Pennington County says he won’t prosecute cases involving hemp and CBD oil, contradicting a decision by the South Dakota attorney general.

State Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg recently sent a release that said industrial hemp and all forms of CBD oil remain illegal in South Dakota. Pennington County State’s Attorney Mark Vargo says that he came to his decision after speaking with Ravnsborg’s staff and examining relevant state laws.

Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom and Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris say will be following Vargo’s direction and won’t arrest people for CBD oil.

One owner of a Rapid City retail store that carries clothing and other products made from hemp says Ravnsborg’s opinion has been detrimental to his business and others.




Heavy snow in Black Hills causing flooding concerns Man wounded after jail disturbance arrested at hospital DeVaney sworn in to South Dakota Supreme Court Large corn pile ignites at Arlington business Prosecutors charge man wounded in deputy-involved shooting Governor Noem requests federal disaster help