Hey guess what the ninth most important cash crop in South Dakota is.
The Santee Sioux Tribe is approaching the cannabis on-ramp after after voting to take another step last week. The economic development potential is nearly limitless for the small tribal nation already operating a casino on ground they own just outside the eastern South Dakota community of Flandreau.
Deadwood and tribal gaming are inextricably linked. Tribes can do this; but, the South Dakota Legislature should be kept out of the cannabis loop completely unless Deadwood chooses to be the test bed off-reservation. South Dakota's gaming commission could regulate off-reservation cultivation and sales. Revenue from the sales of cannabis would require a change in the state's constitution just as it was to enter gaming compacts with tribal nations.
Unaffiliated or so-called 'independent' voters support legal cannabis overwhelmingly.
The Rosebud Sioux Nation will get title to 200 acres of Iowa farm land where they could grow cannabis.
If the South Dakota Democratic Party is too timid to tackle legal cannabis the task should fall to the fledgling South Dakota Progress.