Saturday, March 5, 2016

Ecoffey: legal cannabis could raise rez from addiction

"All cannabis use is medical."
In order to properly have a conversation about legalization we as a society need to take a hard look at our addictions. Just a couple weeks ago a scientific study published in the journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence found that Native Americans are more likely than whites to abstain from alcohol altogether, and that rates of heavy and binge drinking were comparable. The stereotype that we are biologically predetermined to abuse alcohol is not based in science but long held racist assumptions about the capacity of our people. Imagine if we used the profits from legalization to create a new economy based in healing. How many of our people would put down their prescription painkillers and alcohol and opt for a safer alternative like marijuana to treat their ailments? [Brandon Ecoffey]
Cannabis is no longer listed as a gateway drug on the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) website.

South Dakota's cannabis laws are the most draconian in the US.

No wonder states where gambling pays the bills, like South Dakota, don't want legal cannabis.
New research from Canada and Boston has determined that synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists, which mimic the effects of cannabis at a higher potency, improve “choice performance” in rats with gambling disorders. This latest research has not only uncovered a new lead that scientists can follow to uncover the addiction’s underlying pathology, but also implies cannabis as a potential treatment for this crippling disorder. With more work neuroscientists will uncover the story behind the endocannabinoid system’s role in compulsive gambling. Despite being in it’s initial stages of discovery, this research shows that cannabis may one day help those suffering from this financially crippling mental affliction.
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An Italian study suggests that the real gateway drug is gambling itself.

South Dakota's choice to use video gambling to pay big government bills is driving the quickie loan industry according to Steve Hildebrand. He called Rod Aycox, CEO of North American Title Loan Co., a crook during an interview with Argus Leader Media's SuFuStu.

Hildebrand's comrade in efforts to cap interest rates, Republican former lawmaker Steve Hickey, the only SDGOPer in South Dakota's legislature with any brains whatsoever, was invited to join the discussion but had a previous engagement and was unable to be there.

New Mexico pueblos are considering legal cannabis, too as are tribal nations in other states.

Despite lies from SDGOP, video lootery, payday loan sharks, domestic violence and homelessness are inextricably linked putting children at risk to more catastrophic consequences far more often than has happened in states that have legalized or lessened penalties for casual use of cannabis.

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