Taxpayers footed bill on Noem’s cannabis ads

10/18/21–The recent medical-cannabis ads featuring Governor Kristi Noem aired at taxpayer expense. They resulted from two additions to a South Dakota Department of Health one-year contract that began June 1 and originally was for a marketing campaign to prevent abuse and misuse of opioids. The governor’s one-minute advertisement aired from June through September, a Department of Health spokesman said. Read