Friday, January 29, 2016

It's time for state/tribal cannabis compacts

In occupied South Dakota the Oglala Lakota Nation wants to poll reservation residents about whether cannabis should be legalized.
If the council agrees, a referendum would be called within 90 days of the council vote. Ellen Fills Pipe, chair of the Law and Order Committee, says she likes the idea of hearing from the people but is skeptical of the business prospects of legalizing pot and is also leary of jeopardizing federal funding.
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US Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell promised tribes engaged in the cannabis industry will not lose their federal funding as long as they don't use HHS funds in their efforts to legalize.

The illegal drug trade is driving record crime rates in Rapid City.

South Dakota Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard is struggling to convince his caucus that a regressive sales tax is the best way to reverse the state's education crisis and to fix crumbling infrastructure. “We are not going to be happy until the governor changes his ways,” Rep. Mike Verchio (RWNJ-Hill City) concluded.

The Puyallup Tribe is the third nation to enter a cannabis compact with the state of Washington.

Casinos are small banks. The Colorado legislature could enter a cannabis compact with the Ute Nation and let the tribe be the bank.

Wyoming's legislature is hearing testimony on reducing penalties for cannabis possession.

The Fort Peck Tribes in occupied Montana have legalized therapeutic cannabis.

61 percent of New Mexicans polled by an Albuquerque-based firm believe cannabis should be legalized.
Support rises to 69 percent when residents are informed that tax revenue generated by marijuana sales would be used to pay for health care and substance abuse programs. The telephone survey of 406 residents took place on Jan. 8-13. The poll was commissioned by private and nonprofit groups including licensed marijuana producers and the pro-legalization Drug Policy Alliance. [Santa Fe New Mexican]
Opioid overdose deaths surged in 14 states including New Mexico last year. Deaths from cannabis overdose? Zero.

Under Republican Governor Susana Martinez New Mexico is suffering the highest unemployment in the US.

Does anyone call it recreational alcohol? Of course not.

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