Monday, November 2, 2015

SD Republican calls tribal cannabis great opportunity

Republican state lawmaker Liz May has hit one out of the ballpark.
State Sen. Jim Bradford said he had spoken earlier with Rep. Elizabeth May about the tour she took of the Flandreau tribe’s marijuana facility. She was the only representative who took that tour, and she was pleasantly surprised by how well the tribe handled it, Bradford reported. Rep. Shawn Bordeaux noted one problem. In South Dakota, the legal standard is “ingestion,” meaning a person is considered guilty if there’s any marijuana in his or her system. But marijuana can linger in the body for 30 days, he said. “When gaming first came out, they said there’s going to be mafia, and all the Indians are going to have all this crime. It’s going to be all over the reservations,” he said. “I ain’t seen one Guido yet … those folks who are supposed to be the mafia folks haven’t showed up.” [Pierre Capital Journal]

The tribe is unlikely to enter a compact with the state if it loses sole control of cannabis tourism.

But in Washington the State Liquor Cannabis Board has entered a compact with the Suquamish Tribe.
Board officials said in a news release the 10-year agreement signed Monday will govern the production, processing and sale of [cannabis] on the Tribe's land located in Kitsap County. The compact will head next to Gov. Jay Inslee for approval. A bill passed by the 2015 Legislature allows the governor to enter into marijuana agreements with federally-recognized tribes in Washington state. [KOMO]
South Dakota Democrats have exactly zero to lose by taking the efforts of FSST seriously.
A state lawmaker said Monday he wants production and sale of industrial hemp to become legal in South Dakota. Rep. Mike Verchio, R-Hill City, outlined his proposal at a meeting of the Legislature’s task force on tribal economic development. [Bob Mercer]
Verchio's actions are those of a colonizer who would introduce a plant from Asia into tribal nations and write legislation that would give county or state control over grow operations on reservations like California Public Law 280 does. javascript:void(0);

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

Gannett's Jonathan Ellis believes the South Dakota Republican Party is on the losing side of cannabis prohibition.

That South Dakota Republicans prop up illegal drug use and project an ethics black hole while ignoring a potential revenue source is just more evidence of red state collapse.

Lee Schoenbeck is a reactionary self-aggrandizing cult member, a practitioner of the slippery slope straw man ruse, a crackpot of biblical proportions with delusions of grandstanding; and, if you don't agree with him you're a leftist, crazy or nuts.

To Schoenbeck video lootery is "unfortunate" self-reliance but necessary to keep the South Dakota Republican Party greased while cannabis is a projected moral hazard. He called idiot center-right blogger, Scott Ehrisman, a leftist.

With uncanny similarities to chicken hawk Senator Lindsey Graham, Lee's body language reads: difficult relationship with his father, insecurity, effeminate, anxious to appear manly with elements of latency. Clearly uncomfortable in his own skin, when Schoenbeck is confronted he is quick to go on the defensive, even change his direction mid-thought.

Bullied by Schoenbeck after a question on funding for education, host Stu Whitney said he'll address the issue in print rather than box Lee into a corner. Both Whitney and co-host Jonathan Ellis had numerous opportunities to press the moocher state legislator on Republican hypocrisy but chose softballs instead. Schoenbeck agreed with the idea of reducing the number of South Dakota counties until Ellis told him i posed the idea then he made an about-face and contradicted himself.

Watch Lee Schoenbeck bloviate and pontificate here.

Pat Powers, a morbidly obese white man who spews nonsense in support of South Dakota Republicants has long been banned from this and other South Dakota related sites because of a constant stream of bigotry, misogyny and other hate speech. He put up a nice post the other day even spelling my name correctly and i'd have linked to it but his site loads so glacially you'd find something else to do before you could read it anyway. The nanny-state GOP blogger in South Dakota usually just makes shit up and adds anonymous comments under his own posts to give his blog the illusion of reader traffic.

Powers is a sociopath presenting with symptoms of dissociation comorbid with addictive personality disease. Charlie Hoffman is a former state legislator living in his wife's shadow and is an incurable sot who laments free will and decries the nanny state over at Pat’s Pissoir yet rues the death of a ballot initiative that never had a chance in Hades of succeeding in light of actionable legislation.

For the record, I do not support widespread growing of hemp: it is an invasive species and capable of overgrowing native grasses.
North Dakota State University’s Langdon Research Extension Center started variety trials of industrial hemp this summer and is now beginning to harvest its crop. Kentucky is looking at industrial hemp varieties for the grain for seed and the biomass, and are getting yields about 1,000 pounds of biomass per acre, according to the Kentucky Department of Ag. One of the exciting products they are finding for industrial hemp is medicinal uses for people with epileptic disorders and seizures.
Read the bittersweet news here.

But, a red moocher state like 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.

Doyle Estes, one of the richest white men in South Dakota and a Future Fund recipient, has never put a single cent into a video lootery machine.
The teacher-pay issue might be a way for lottery officials to make changes more palatable to legislators, Estes said. Through that route, video lottery has been supporting education but only as a substitute for property taxes. Schools didn’t receive more funding as the result of video lottery. Three times citizens tried to repeal video lottery at the ballot box and each time the majority sided with keeping video lottery. [Rapid City Journal, link added.]
Estes donated a polluted swamp to Rapid City for a soccer complex. His wife, Kathryn Johnson, also a Future Fund crony, sits on the Board of Regents.

The hypocrisy of South Dakota’s Republican Party knows no bound. While nutcases like Fred Deutsch are crusading for an end to women's civil rights the state is hemorrhaging educators.

Marty Jackley may be a psychopathic sociopath and claim anything he wants; but no, state officials can't legally go onto Flandreau Santee Sioux tribal lands and arrest people for cannabis. Even if he believes he can doesn't mean he will. Jackley's blather is simply posturing for his acolytes.

Earth hater Dr. Rand Paul is leading his party toward legal cannabis while Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are bringing the issue into the mainstream.
In contrast with Republican candidate Chris Christie, who wants to use federal power to stop legalized sales of marijuana in states like Colorado, Clinton told 9NEWS, “I want to give you the space” to experiment with pot policy. “I really believe it’s important that states like Colorado lead the way so we can learn what works and what doesn’t work,” Clinton told 9NEWS political reporter Brandon Rittiman. “I would certainly not want the federal government to interfere with the legal decision made by the people of Colorado.”
Watch the clip here.

More on Senator Bernie
Sanders' cannabis stance linked here.

Moody County stinks
, not from the Flandreau Santee Sioux cannabis endeavor, but from yet another Confined Animal Feeding Operation being constructed by Dakota Layers.

Meanwhile, the FSST is nearing completion of America's first cannabis resort. The tribe just received nearly $1 million in a settlement with the federal government after US failures to adequately compensate tribes managing education, law enforcement and other federal services.

Tribal nations are taking steps to bank cannabis proceeds. “The Indian casinos are basically small little banks:” Bloomberg.

Wyoming is actually weighing cannabis as a revenue source. Led by Democrats, Wyoming's legislature is slated to tackle numerous cannabis bills.

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.

Lead, follow or get thee behind me, Santa.

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