Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Ecoffey: cannabis could boost economic development on the rez

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Nation is moving forward with their plans to revive their cannabis operation after members of South Dakota's extremist legislature said they don't want reservations to thrive.

The House Health and Human Services Committee voted 11-1 to kill a bill that would've removed part of a state law that criminalizes traces of THC in the body. South Dakota's cannabis laws are the most draconian in the US.
The fact of the matter is that the people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation deserve a functioning economy. After roughly a hundred years of failed federal policies poverty on the reservation is a constant as our working class is being forced to move off reservation in search of work. Something radical has to occur and as a tribal-nation that may require the flexing of our inherent and prehistoric sovereign rights. What the state of South Dakota truly fears about marijuana legalization is the impact that it will have on its communities that have based their economies in for-profit incarceration schemes and the petty extortion of individuals who are caught either using or under the influence of marijuana. Without a steady supply of non-violent offenders there would be no point in employing all these prison guards and court officers. [Brandon Ecoffey]
"All cannabis use is medical."

As another brutal winter smothers the Great Plains leaving residents on the verge of suicide one more writer sees hope.

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