Saturday, January 16, 2016

Verchio's industrial cannabis bill DOA but state still reliant on addiction for cash


This reporter is convinced South Dakota can’t afford any more Atrazine, glyphosate and invasive species threatening watersheds and soils. According to Libertarian blogger, Ken Santema, at least one group will lobby against a bill legalizing industrial cannabis arguing that the plant is a noxious weed that will negatively impact ag producers long-term.

Gambling in South Dakota accounted for more of state revenues than any other state in the 2014 fiscal year.

Former Butte County States Attorney Heather Plunkett was fired with pay after she and her husband were charged with ingesting cannabis in a state with the most Draconian laws.

Mike Verchio (RWNJ-30) lives where industrial cannabis will never be grown. His actions are those of a colonizer who would introduce a plant from Asia to tribal nations and write legislation that would give county or state control over grow operations on reservations like California Public Law 280 does.

Verchio has only lived in South Dakota since 1988 yet is seen as a native by Republicans; but, Joe Lowe, a Democrat who moved to South Dakota about the same time, is portrayed as an outsider by the Ridiculous Right.

Red moocher state 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.

Without a compact with the State of Nebraska the Omaha Nation has turned its focus to industrial cannabis.

But, at least Pierre is talking.

With the new calendar year changes are coming for Oregon's cannabis law.

And in Minnesota:
The commissioner of the Department of Health was given authority to add intractable pain to the list of conditions that qualify for the use of medical cannabis, and did so in December. The law calls for the commissioner to report findings to the Task Force on Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research by the first of the year.
Read that here.

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

Cannabis is already legal for some residents of South Dakota.

In a state reliant on sin taxes for revenue a vigorous discussion of cannabis grown for personal enjoyment is overdue; but, Rep. Mike Verchio’s bill should die in committee.

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