Monday, June 29, 2015

South Dakota: adopt my cannabis template

South Dakota's Republicant blog is using the Colorado medical cannabis program as an example of failure citing data from the school to prison pipeline industry.
Colorado is not allowed to perform cannabis research—that responsibility has only been given to the University of Mississippi, which has the only federally funded cannabis program in the country. Colorado growers developed a high-CBD, low-THC cannabis oil called Charlotte’s Web, used to treat epilepsy.
Read that here.

Fact is: if South Dakota Democrats won't do it Republican legislator Steve Hickey can write a bill that would adopt Minnesota's medical cannabis law worthy of Federal Drug Administration scrutiny and sold by pharmacies, legalize for adults then allow Deadwood and the tribes to grow and distribute under a compact putting the gaming commission as the administrative body to tax and regulate.

In my view edibles should only be available to patients suffering from debilitating diseases, disorders or conditions and be dispensed by pharmacists and taxed like other prescriptions.

Tribes can do this: the South Dakota Legislature should be kept out of the cannabis loop completely unless Deadwood chooses to be the test bed off-reservation. Addiction? After some guy named Janklow closed the brothels in Deadwood for political gain to cover up his being implicated in the death of Jancita Eagle Deer, Democrats Bill Walsh and Tom Blair pressed a five-dollar bet limit to preserve historic Deadwood after the Syndicate Building burned to the ground.

But, a red moocher state like South Dakota is powered by sin: video lootery, a loan shark industry that preys on the least fortunate, a massive gambling addiction and a too-big-to-jail banking racket fill in the gaps created by lobbyists who enjoy the protection of single-party tyranny.

Home growing for personal enjoyment should look like this California model.

Democrats are losing even more credibility with young people and American Indians. Tribes trapped in South Dakota and in other states with off-reservation properties are considering a test of cannabis law.

For the record, I do not support widespread growing of hemp: it is an invasive species and capable of overgrowing native grasses.

If the South Dakota Democratic Party is too timid to tackle legal cannabis the task should fall to the fledgling South Dakota Progress.



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