Friday, December 18, 2015

Oregon tribe entering cannabis agreement with state; South Dakota falling down

Republican former South Dakota legislator Stan Adelstein has come up with a novel alternative to raising taxes on himself.

Fellow GOPer South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard's Blue Ribbon Task Force found need of $75 million to implement its findings. The GOP-heavy task force is leaning toward a regressive sales tax increase to nudge teachers' salaries out of 51st place.
Members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs said yes to growing, processing and selling marijuana on the recreational market in a historic vote Thursday that drew record turnout, tribal officials said. The referendum passed with 86 percent approval, said Don Sampson, CEO of Warm Springs Ventures, the tribes' economic development corporation, the group behind the proposal. Thursday's vote is the first step in the process of entering the market. The tribe will meet with officials in Gov. Kate Brown's office to hash out the conditions under which the enterprise will operate. Two tribes in Washington recently brokered historic agreements with the state to sell marijuana on the state's recreational market.
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Stan Adelstein is the second wealthiest white man in South Dakota. Of course he would expect other people to pay the taxes. He's is the poster boy for South Dakota crony capitalism.

In 2003 i met with Adelstein to persuade him to sell me the Roundhouse in Lead. He told me he would never sell it then promptly sold it to someone from out of state. Adelstein routinely buys Mike Rounds’ support for Israel while unearthing minerals that used to belong to people who lived in the Black Hills for millennia and then has the temerity to make somebody else give him property tax relief. It makes me puke up in my mouth.

I’d rather see implement taxes earmarked for highway infrastructure upgrades. As long as oil prices stay low ethanol is going out of style very quickly. I really don’t care what happens East River because it’s already destroyed but West River can still be rewilded and preserved. I want to see money for West River land owners who would put their ground back into native grasses be exempt from taxes and leased as wildlife corridors. I want to see domestic livestock confined to internment camps East River where Hutterites will ultimately control all the ag ground there.

Stan’s generosity is genuine. Nobody can take that from him. He’s been pounded on by way bigger bullies than i am.

Adelstein’s plan is DOA, people. Anyone who believes anything he says is delusional.

Republican Rapid City lawyer, Doyle Estes wants to raise taxes on those least able to pay to fund task force recommendations.

South Dakota is one state where the perception of harm from cannabis is declining.

A law that decriminalizes cannabis in Delaware went into effect today.
A spokeswoman for Democratic Gov. Jack Markell said legalization will free up resources to be used elsewhere and limit the number of people incarcerated by the state. With the changing attitudes toward pot nationwide, full legalization may be just around the corner, particularly if the federal government chooses to change marijuana laws. Even if that is the case, however, the time line is very much in doubt.
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South Dakota: urge legislators to pass a corporate income tax, end video lootery, reduce the number of South Dakota counties to 25, turn Dakota State University into a community college, and adopt my cannabis template: the kurtz solution painted on a thumbnail.

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