Thursday, October 3, 2019

SDFU, industrial cannabis group to meet in Pierre


The road to legal cannabis for all adults in South Dakota is paved with hemp but tribal nations trapped in the state should be the primary beneficiaries of industry growth there. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has admitted white people are too stupid to grow cannabis, industrial or otherwise and gave the tribes free rein on the path to economic growth but South Dakota Hemp Day will be held in Pierre Oct. 7 anyway.
“South Dakota farmers and our rural economy could benefit from this new crop and the in-state processing opportunities it provides,” said Doug Sombke, SDFU President and a fourth-generation farmer from Conde. [KEVN teevee]
Democrats living on the tribal nations trapped in South Dakota can't afford to flee the state but the Yankton Sioux Tribe has beaten casino competition. Solar power is liberating the Standing Rock and Pine Ridge Reservations from predatory utilities. A 1986 amendment to federal law allows tribes to acquire off-reservation land to serve the needs of its peoples. President Tony Reider and officials of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Nation advanced their cannabis initiative after an Iowa casino on the border cut into the tribe's gaming business but reportedly destroyed their crop after threats from federal party-poopers.

The Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana and the Arapahoe Tribe of Oklahoma teamed up and bought 1,020 acres of ranchland north and east of Mato Paha (Bear Butte) adding significantly to their holdings West River. Last year the Oglala Oyate bought off-reservation property on I-90 just outside Badlands National Park. The Fort Peck Tribes in occupied Montana have legalized therapeutic cannabis and the Northern Cheyenne have been mulling the concept. As co-owners of Pe'Sla the Minnesota-based Shakopee Mdewakanton Nation could bring that state's medical cannabis and reproductive rights freedoms to the Black Hills. Lower Brule has struggled with synthetic cannabinoids but that community has off-reservation property in Fort Pierre to test their sovereignty.

In 2018 the South Dakota Democratic Party made no mention of cannabis at their state convention but they did adopt language that explores the cultivation of dicamba-resistant and Roundup-Ready hemp but why anyone would want to buy genetically modified hemp seed from Bayer CropScience/Monsanto or some other earth hater every year remains a mystery.

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