Wednesday, March 2, 2016

More tribal nations are entering cannabis agreements

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Nation is moving forward with plans to revive their cannabis operation after members of South Dakota's extremist legislature said they don't want reservations to thrive.
A New Mexico medical cannabis producer this week announced a joint venture with the Las Vegas Paiute tribe to build a large growing facility and two dispensaries on tribal land in Nevada. Duke Rodriguez, founder of Ultra Health LLC, said the $5 million project could serve as a model for a similar deal in coming months with a pueblo in New Mexico. “We’re hopeful that we can announce a deal in New Mexico, certainly within the next 90 days” with one of the state’s 23 pueblos, Rodriguez said. “Imagine the amazing logistical network that tribes have with their smokeshops,” he said. “Imagine all those smokeshops becoming (cannabis) dispensaries someday.” [Albuquerque Journal]
Over-prescription is blamed for the spike in overdose deaths in Colorado: 2/3 are from pharmaceutical opioids, 1/3 are from heroin.
The Las Vegas Paiute Tribe of Nevada is joining the medical marijuana industry. The tribe broke ground on a medical dispensary on its reservation in downtown Las Vegas and a separate facility on its reservation northwest of the city. The $5 million project will be completed within six to nine months, Chairman Benny Tso said. In Nevada, medical marijuana dispensaries are legal for certified patients.
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It's not just South Dakota's law enforcement industry lying about crimes attributed to legal cannabis.
When New Mexico's Senate this week considered a measure that would have asked voters whether to legalize marijuana, the debate inevitably became as much about Colorado as the lawmakers' home state. But even people in Colorado who share his concern about legalization said the connection between Denver's crime trends and marijuana is overstated.
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There is no money for South Dakota education in medical or industrial cannabis and no video lootery revenue goes to the state's tribes.

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.

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

A bill legalizing cannabis in Vermont will go to the House after the state's Senate voted to pass it.
Final approval came on a 17-to-12 vote Thursday after one senator switched what had been a no on an earlier vote to a yes. Sen. Rebecca Balint, a Windham County Democrat, said she switched due to an amendment seen as favoring smaller growers of marijuana versus large commercial interests.
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Vermont would be the first state to legalize through the legislature. 55% of state residents favor legalization according to a poll conducted by Vermont Public Radio.

Rhode Island's statehouse is also hearing testimony on legal cannabis.

A Canadian judge has ruled that patients can grow their own and the country's premier has pledged to legalize for adult casual use.

By a wide, bipartisan margin the Commerce Committee in the Iowa House has voted to legalize cannabis to treat epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and end-stage cancer.

Cannabis is no longer listed as a gateway drug on the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) website.

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