Sunday, December 10, 2017

Spearditch to lose Bay Leaf Café

1993 marked the beginning of the end of my marriage but it was also the year Taffy Tucker, her ex-husband French Bryan and his boyfriend, George Huck began rebuilding the old Queen City Hotel.
“Getting the building rehabbed, it was a much bigger undertaking than we ever anticipated,” Bryan said. Even though there were times during the rehabilitation of the building they questioned what they got themselves into, that work remains one of his favorite memories of owning the business. “It was two or three official documents from being condemned,” he said of the rough conditions. The closing date for the pending sale of the building is Dec. 29. It has sold to another restaurateur who declined to elaborate on her plans for the business at this time. [Black Hills Pioneer]
Taffy is a Deadwood girl and Orville Bryan grew up in rural Spearditch, attended Spearditch High School then graduated Black Hills State College. Orville was named "French" after the Sebastian Cabot character in teevee's Family Affair by college classmate Dale Bell of posse comitatus fame. French and Taffy married then with Bill Walsh, Mike Trucano and their wives bought Deadwood's Franklin Hotel. Taffy's dad, Doug, was the Franklin's maître d' for about two decades.

French served as Deadwood's mayor for a time but he and Taffy divorced yet stayed close friends after he came out.

Before gambling came to Deadwood in 1989 the Franklin got deeply into debt to Twin City Fruit after one of Deadwood gaming's Founding Fathers, Mike O'Connell, fell over a railing at the hotel and lost the use of his legs. French came to TCF temporarily and worked as our sales manager to help settle arrears.

After gambling came to the Gulch and Twin City Fruit was sold to Sysco French left the area for a time but returned to buy the Queen City Hotel. I ultimately contracted the drywall installation and finish of the building that would become home to the Bay Leaf Café and met the mother of my daughters there. She was working for Bill Walsh at the Franklin part time.

The Franklin later sold to become part of the Silverado complex. That building is hurting today.

Taffy convinced this blogger to audition then perform six seasons as Mother Ginger in the Black Hills Dance Theater’s production of the Nutcracker.

A story about the restaurant is posted at the Rapid City Journal, too.

The above artwork was done by my former sister-in-law Debbie Streeter.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Neighbor Nancy's happy bosque bird-day

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is about 135 miles south of the ranch on I-25 and it's Neighbor Nancy's favorite birthday trip. Click on any image for a better look.


There were tens of thousands of snow geese again this year but the water was more abundant closer to the main channel of the Rio Grande.



Canada goose numbers seemed way down from previous years. The rangers said budget cuts meant fewer people to collect data on counts of each bird species. The Service was conducting a burn of mechanically masticated tamarisk.




We saw two huge flocks of Sandhill cranes and many other smaller groups of them scattered throughout the refuge. There were certainly tens of thousands. We've been hearing them flying over the ranch for at least two weeks. The Rio Grande is about ten miles from the ranch as the crane flies and there might be some water in the Galisteo Dam just a few miles away.



The mule deer had plenty of cover and fields of ear corn. Note the leaves still on the cottonwoods. Several unidentifiable trees had lost their leaves and were already budding.



This red tail and some marsh hawks were the four raptors we saw this year. There are usually bald eagles all over the refuge but not this trip. It was a glorious day and drive with a high temperature of 63 degrees!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Saturday's roundup: a week on cannabis

Minnesotans suffering from autism and obstructive sleep apnea will be able to seek relief with therapeutic cannabis starting next July.
Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger announced the additions following a state and public citizen review of medical research. Ehlinger selected autism and apnea due to "increasing evidence for potential benefits."
Get the story here.
Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns believes the NBA should allow players to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. His girlfriend's nephew is autistic, and Towns has seen how some of the new treatments involving properties of marijuana have helped the young boy and his family deal with the condition.
Read the rest here.

Researchers recently published findings cannabis is an effective therapy for opioid use disorder.

Some Minnesota counties are suing opioid manufacturers alleging a decades-long campaign convinced doctors and patients that opioids were safe and not addictive.

Democratic Minnesota Senator Al Franken has promised to bone up on the law as his state liberalizes its cannabis policy.
Now, the senator is on a bit of a marijuana bill cosponsorship spree, and some observers think it's good politics -- in addition to good policy -- at a time when Franken's name is being floated as a possible 2020 presidential candidate.
Read the rest at Forbes.

An Iowa company will be the first in that state to develop therapeutic cannabis for patients there.

Better late than never, the Moody County Enterprise is rubbing Marty Jackley's nose in his inability to get a conviction in a tribal sovereignty cannabis case.
Jonathan Hunt, 44, was sentenced Nov. 21 in Moody County Circuit Court after having agreed to testify in the case against his boss, Eric Hagen, earlier this year. Hagen, who was president and CEO of Monarch America, was found not guilty in a jury trial. More than a year earlier, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe executive committee had entered into a five-year agreement with Monarch America to design, construct and develop a 10,000-square-foot marijuana grow facility to supply a 15,000-square-foot retail recreational marijuana consumption lounge, according to court papers.
Read the rest here.

Flandreau has a long history of racism and a crooked law enforcement industry.

South Dakota's more forward-looking neighbor to the north is growing interest in cannabis as therapy.

North Dakota voters passed Measure 5 in 2016 and this year the legislature drafted rules then a Republican governor signed it into law.
The North Dakota Department of Health has filed proposed rules to be adopted for the Medical Marijuana Program with the state’s Legislative Council. The NDDoH expects to file all required information no later than February 1, 2018 in an attempt to have the rules presented in March to the legislative Administrative Rules Committee.
Read more here.

A crowd of Montanans heard testimony in Helena on proposed therapeutic cannabis rule changes (pdf) imposed by the repressive Senate Bill 333 on the Department of Public Health and Human Services.
“You guys making these guys jump through more hoops, more laws, more costs to the provider, doesn’t do a patient any favors,” said Will Leishman, a patient from Butte. DPHHS will continue taking public comments on the proposed rules by mail, fax and email. Once the rules are finalized, DPHHS will give providers and patients two months’ notice before putting them into effect. [KTVQ teevee]
God just might not be enough for northern tier religious states: they lead the nation in anti-depressant and meth use.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

GOP's hypocrisy on Indian Health Service coming to a head

Guess who stands to benefit if the Indian Health Service is privatized.
From Indian Health Services emergency rooms that have been shut down because they pose a threat to the health and safety of patients to others that don't meet the requirements established by Medicare and Medicaid, Sen. Mike Rounds says the health system is a disaster.
Read the rest here.

Steve Rounds enjoys an unusual 30-year lease on land managed by a state agency. Rounds got the lease to the Oahe Marina from South Dakota Game, Fish and Plunder while his brother was governor and when his banker, Larry Deiter was named South Dakota Director of Insurance.
“We are obviously concerned about the impact that Wellmark’s decision will have on consumers,” South Dakota Insurance Director Larry Deiter told the Public Opinion this week. “The current environment under federal health care reform is causing companies to either raise premiums, narrow networks, or cease marketing of products.” Lonnie McKittrick, who heads up the Health Department at Fisher Rounds and Associates, echoed those comments. “ACA is just not working,” he said. “People are getting hammered. Everybody on the inside knew this is what could happen. You crossed your fingers and hoped it wouldn’t, but it did. It’s a system that was set up to fail, especially in a small state like ours.” [Looking for health insurance? Good luck]
And:
Forty-three states and the District of Columbia require insurance commissioners to file some kind of personal financial disclosure report. All but two of those jurisdictions — Hawaii and Vermont — make the documents available for public inspection. Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming have no such disclosure requirements. [Drinks, dinners, junkets and jobs: how the insurance industry courts state commissioners]
Here's Mike Rounds' career donor page at Open Secrets.

Here is how Mike Rounds took federal money then gave it to SDGOP donors.

From 2015:
Specifically, the CBO determined that maintaining sequester-level cuts would lead to 500,000 fewer jobs and 0.4% less growth in 2016, and 300,000 fewer jobs and 0.2% less growth in 2017. Many Americans have been led to believe the emerging crisis is solely about Planned Parenthood funding, and that may be somewhat true. However, at the rate Republicans love killing Americans’ jobs and retarding economic growth that the CBO warned is the result of not addressing sequester cuts, pundits should consider the real impetus for the looming crisis is the GOP’s rejection of eliminating their precious sequester.
Read that here.
The “unimaginable horrors” comment came from U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., during testimony to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in Washington about his bill to force the Indian Health Service to undergo a wide-ranging audit. The tribe is alleging that the federal government has failed to uphold its legal obligation to provide health care to tribal members, in part by temporarily closing the Rosebud emergency department in 2015.
Read the rest here.

Rounds' donors Sanford, Avera and Rapid City Regional have virtual medical industry monopolies in their markets.

Kinda makes you sick, init?

I like the idea of rolling the funding for Obamacare, TRICARE, Medicare, the IHS and the VA together then offering Medicaid for all by increasing the estate tax, raising taxes on tobacco and adopting a carbon tax. Reproductive freedoms should be included with conditions just like the military does under TRICARE.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Pipeline resister: US an apartheid government vs. oppressed minority


After Manape LaMere renounced his citizenship, disenrolled from the Yankton Sioux Tribe, and gave up his Social Security number he joined the resistance to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline at the Wiconi Un Tipi Camp near Lower Brule.
He describes the current state of American-tribal relations as that of an apartheid government toward an oppressed minority. To break free from that dysfunctional relationship, tribes must break free from America completely in order to be treated as equals, LaMere said.
Read the Kevin Abourezk story at indianz.
Launching a $30,000 fundraising drive for a kitchen at Wiconi Un Tipi Camp, the No KXL Dakota Alliance announced a November 21 signing ceremony for the International Treaty to Protect the Sacred Against Tar Sands and the KXL Pipeline. The camp in Lower Brule is strategically located to block the path of a proposed power line that TransCanada Corp. has slated to carry electricity to a pumping station on the Keystone XL tar-sands crude pipeline route through unceded 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty territory.
Read that here.

Crews from TransCanada shut down its Keystone pipeline after 5,000 barrels of diluted bitumen (dilbit) spilled near Amherst in Marshall County, South Dakota.

An assessment and investigation are underway after the leak was detected around 0600 local time. Hackers with nefarious intent have been stepping up attacks against American infrastructure recently and overloading sensors that control pipeline pressure has not been ruled out.

The Nebraska Public Service Commission has just approved an alternate route for the planet-killing pipeline but anti-KXL leader Jane Kleeb says an appeal of the decision is expected.
Pipeline opponents already had planned to appeal the commission's decision in court. They say the panel's decision on Monday brings up new issues that could be challenged in court. Ken Winston is an attorney representing environmental groups. He says the vote, "opens up a whole new bag of issues that we can raise."
Read more here.

The spill came just days before Nebraska ruled on a permit for the Keystone XL.

Human error is cited as the cause in a Sunday spill in North Dakota that leaked 270 barrels, or 11,340 gallons of saltwater mine waste because crews there failed to close a valve.
The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux have filed court documents urging a federal judge to reject the recent arguments of federal officials and the pipeline developer that the tribes' proposals aren't needed. The Army Corps of Engineers is conducting an additional court-ordered review of the pipeline's impact on tribal interests. While that's done, the tribes want additional protections such as emergency equipment staging at the pipeline's Lake Oahe crossing on the Missouri River, which is their water source. [KSFY teevee]
In 2016 even earth hater South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Chris Nelson said the Keystone XL won’t happen without State Department approval.

Despite the construction of the Keystone and Dakota Excess Pipelines fuel costs in the region are soaring.

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is expected to take up two water rights settlement bills next month.

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Chairman Dave Flute said his tribe will stand with other tribal nations and oppose the KXL pipeline.

The same West River geology that thwarts railroad improvements in South Dakota makes KXL untenable.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Despite failure of NE Wyoming aquifers mountaintop-removal mine applies for more water


Ogden Driskill is an obese earth hater Wyoming legislator running cattle near Devils Tower National Monument in the Belle Fourche River watershed.

At his request the Crook County Commission is asking the City of Gillette in neighboring Campbell County to allow access to the Madison water pipeline for landowners whose wells have been depleted or compromised by over a century of livestock grazing, coal mining and other extractive industries.
“We’ve got a number of wells that went dry, we’ve got acid in wells – there’s a problem,” said Driskill. He noted that the wells did not dry up slowly, but that the problem appeared virtually overnight. “The City of Gillette is unwilling, partially for liability reasons,” he said. “These guys are hauling water for cows and hauling water for houses. That’s not right.” Commissioner Kelly Dennis, whose own land sits near the affected area, commented he has heard talk that another well may have run dry near Thorn Divide, several miles from where the problem was initially identified. [Sundance Times]
Thorn Divide is visible as an open green rise in front of Mahto Tipila in the background of the above image.

In January of 2016, the US Forest Service suspended the Draft Environmental Impact Study for a Wyoming Black Hills mountaintop-removal mine that would take rare earth minerals in the Belle Fourche watershed.

Now, Rare Element Resources CEO Randy Scott says its project to strip mine a part of the Bearlodge Mountains just upstream of the South Dakota border has a new investor.
RER announced earlier this month that Synchron, an affiliate of General Atomics, has purchased around 33.5 percent of the company’s issued common shares, a total of 26,650,000, for $4.752 million. “We are looking to complete one or two more steps of that to firm up the further downstream separation of the valuable rare earth elements, those that are used primarily in the production of permanent high strength magnets,” Scott says.
Read more here.

At least 23 prehistoric sites near Devils Tower National Monument, some of which are archaeological treasures eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, are also at risk to an 8000-acre expansion of Australia’s largest US aquifer uranium mining operation.

Monday, November 13, 2017

TDP logs over a hundred posts this November

The Dakota Progressive is burning up the South Dakota blogosphere after posting more than a hundred pieces on red state failure.

South Dakota infrastructure suffers to prop up ret...
Bjorkman calls out culture of abuse in Pierre
Nelson: DWC is fake news
Red ink no surprise to GOP legislators
Ecocide in South Dakota driving districts to share...
Capital Journal sounds alarm on SDGOP
School districts eat TIF risk
Woster returns to RC Journal
Jackley admits Gear Up a 'scandal'
Drinking Liberally: Kristi Noem is a creature of D...
Rapid City homeless population mounts under SDGOP,...
Earth hater Tapio urges lawgivers to keep stigmati...
Little Missouri at risk to oil and gas earth hater...
Whitey threatens violence as South Dakota diversif...
Poor ag, ranching practices still plaguing West Ri...
Sen. Tester offers Veterans Day essay
Belle Fourche watershed still at risk to mountaint...
Senate advances Klobuchar harassment training bill...
SDGOP increasingly desperate to keep white workers...
Jackley is itching to kill
Daugaard still putting South Dakota's tribal membe...
Journal board: legislature a threat to democracy
Ellison working for zero waste, workers rights
Noem at home in the swamp
Giago: Native genocide all too real
Deadline approaching for Cobell payments
Plain Talk: Rounds abandoning science
Superintendent who oversaw Sturgis racism named SD...
Suicides are epidemic in South Dakota
Flight of Democrats, young people from South Dakot...
Revenue crisis highlighting red state failure
Pressure forces SDGFP to rethink hunting cougars w...
Patient belongings: GOP creates unimaginable IHS h...
DWC hosting anti-Muslim hate speech
Tester wants science to stay in forest discussions...
Klobuchar moving to close gun loophole
South Dakotans reminded to sign up for Obamacare
New Deal program puts $16M into South Dakota broad...
Video lootery driving Sioux Falls violence
Thune called out by fellow earth hater
Noem snuggling with serial abuser
South Dakotans racing to their deaths
Today in socialism: Watertown's air subsidy
Pheasant collapse underway
Goss: Trump bad for agriculture
Hubbel accuses Soros of treason
Krebs surprised at drop in concealed carry applica...
Doc: discharge of Aanning political retribution
South Dakota coddles earth hater voting bloc
GOP Brookings blogger thrives on socialism
South Dakota Lt. Governor denies Pierre rape cultu...
Daugaard suspends federal propane rules for Vale B...
Retiring state epidemiologist concerned about obes...
North Dakota finalizing cannabis rules
Cannabis advocates claim victory
Hunting revenues are in the shitter
Obamacare signups surging
Tribes force uranium miners to seek permit in Wyom...
South Dakota bankers not sweating new Trump Organi...
South Dakota lakes are at risk to state law
Refugees are doing the work in South Dakota
Deadwood gaming struggling under Republican contro...
Democratic candidate self-imposes term limits
Aberdeen American calls out SDGOP misogyny in Pier...
Sutton concerned about Pierre's culture of corrupt...
SDDP exec says Dems will field candidate from ever...
TRICARE taking hit from Trump Organization
Gender dysphoria linked to consumer products
Small government Jackley wants to raise taxes
Today in socialism: South Dakota eighth in ag subs...
Abdallah takes job with Bjorkman campaign
Tester polling strong ahead of election
South Dakota media complicit in Pierre's rape, cor...
Quinten Burg blasts Daugaard, SD legislature for l...
Wismer calls out Noem for lying
Franken bashes earth hater tax plan
Bjorkman calls out swamp monster Noem
Sutton posts sappy campaign tweet
Socialism! Red state governors want fed help on in...
Noem donor balking on BHNF plans
Montana Supreme Court voids voter-approved 'Marsy'...
Powers: do as we say not as we do
DC earth haters finally saying #metoo
Blogger's home town school on cutting edge
Dakota Excess sued for damage to farmland
Ganje: uranium mine needs further study
Poor ranching practices still plague West River
South Dakota earth hater: Democrat blogger an agen...
DWC: earth haters crowding AG field
Why do South Dakota winters suck? Because you dese...
Marty Jackley wouldn't know tax fairness if it wro...
SDGOP accuses SDDP of being...smart?
Bullock reminds Montana to get enrolled
KELO: SDDP promises to field more candidates
Al Franken evolving on cannabis
Kristi Noem poses with serial pussy grabber
South Dakota cannabis advocate announces for Distr...
Bjorkman weighs in on health care
Earth hater logging bill DOA

Check it out.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

New Mexico close to adding opioid use disorder to medical cannabis rules

Jessica Gelay is the policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance in New Mexico.

She spoke with KSFR radio about treating opioid abuse with cannabis. Her position aligns with the Santa Fe New Mexican's editorial board.
The Medical Cannabis Advisory Board has made the best decision for addicts by recommending opioid use disorder be named a qualifying condition for the use of cannabis. All that needs to happen for patients to get relief is for Department of Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher to listen to experts. [editorial, Santa Fe New Mexican]
Our Cheeto-dusted Führer has issued an edict to address the opioid epidemic spreading through his white voter base but is missing an opportunity to actually fix it.

Researchers and pharmacologists agree: cannabis is a safe and effective treatment as a bridge to recovery from opioid addiction. University of New Mexico researchers and the Industrial Rehabilitation Clinics of Albuquerque have released findings that showed 71% of patients either ceased or reduced their use of manufactured opioids within 6 months of enrolling in that state's medical cannabis program.



Friday, November 3, 2017

Front Range rail service closer to reality

Growth on the Front Range is driving planners to pick up the pace on passenger rail.
"Roads are not enough," said Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace, who chairs the Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission. "… I think congestion on our roads is proof in itself of the need for alternatives." "Our major competitors, particularly Utah and New Mexico, have these (passenger rail systems) and have had them for awhile," said Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, a Steamboat Springs Democrat who leads the review committee, in recognizing the commission's work. [Longmont Times-Call]
As the New Mexico Rail Runner suffers a downturn in ridership Move Cheyenne is studying passenger rail to Denver. Denver is lobbying hard to attract Amazon's second headquarters although Albuquerque has an outside chance.

Equip the Rail Runner to connect with Amtrak farther south in New Mexico then on to El Paso and put the Rail Runner into downtown Denver to connect with the California Zephyr, maybe into Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Legal cannabis for New Mexico's adults could help foot the bill for Positive Train Control.

Who's with me?

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Dakota Progressive begins new mission

In a Sisyphean effort to rebuke, rebuff and refute South Dakota War College's steady stream of propaganda, vitriol and hatred for the Earth The Dakota Progressive has found a new mission.

TDP will endeavour to produce a counter post for every press release and hit piece Pat Powers puts up with equal time from Democratic lawmakers or newsmakers from other states because the South Dakota Democratic Party is dead. If by some slim chance a South Dakota Democrat makes news TDP will cover that, too.

Meanwhile, hear mostly from Al Franken, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Jon Tester, Martin Heinrich, Amy Klobuchar, Jared Polis and other progressive leaders within the national Democratic Party.

interested party refuses to publish Powers' volume and brand of cascading packaged sewage here but will continue its in-depth reporting of environmental politics and cannabis news from the Mountain West.

The first set is up. Dissent will be tolerated but the author reserves the right to control dialogue.

Check it out.

More tribes are entering the cannabis industry

Aided by a New Mexico firm the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe has opened a big-box cannabis retail store after the State of Nevada legalized. The NuWu Cannabis Marketplace in downtown Las Vegas boasts prices competitive with white-owned shops.

Under a compact with Nevada the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone is taking steps to build its own facility and dispensary.

The Winnemucca Shoshoni, a Nevada tribe, is suing the San Joaquin, California County Board of Supervisors and the US Drug Enforcement Administration after a local police department defied sovereignty and raided that nation's grow/op.

In northwest Wisconsin the St. Croix Chippewa Nation would be the first of the state’s 11 tribes to enter the cannabis marketplace but other tribes are moving to build similar capacity.

Using seed imported from Canada the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota is preparing to harvest its first crop of cannabis.

Standing Rock tribal member, Chase Iron Eyes, is applying the Necessity Defense after his arrest for protecting the tribe's water resources.
Defense attorneys also have tried the necessity defense when people illegally use marijuana, arguing that it was needed to treat a health problem. A 1976 District of Columbia court decision in favor of a person suffering from glaucoma was the first in the country to recognize the defense in a marijuana case, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. [Chicago Daily Law Bulletin]
Meanwhile, in Eagle Butte, South Dakota to protect the health of its members the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council passed a resolution “to prevent and deter people from ingesting mouthwash as an intoxicant."

Alcohol remains the most often drug abused by South Dakotans but the lion's share of funding for treatment from the Trump Organization is going to the law enforcement industry.

Legal cannabis has been a Democratic plank but lately even earth haters are coming around.

Indian casinos are small banks. Let’s ensure that cannabis cultivation and distribution stay out of the hands of Big Dope. It’s time to enter compacts with the tribes, empower them to distribute on the rez, on off-reservation properties and in Deadwood.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Kristi Noem is hiding her #metoo experiences: why?

Two of South Dakota's earth hater delegation receive their medical benefits from Obamacare. Rep. Kristi Noem has a full ride and Sen. John Thune is on the DC HealthLink Obamacare exchange.

A medical professional viewed a multitude of videos with this interested party. The following is paraphrased from her assessment of Noem's psychological profile and medical history.

There is evidence of collagen injections, botox, and JUVÉDERM® (at an approximate cost to taxpayers in the five figures).

Absences in committee meetings might be evidence of some surgery: her hairline has been lowered possibly to mask scarring. There is evidence of cryosurgery especially around her lips; and, her gums and teeth show some signs of reconstruction.

She presents with symptoms of Histrionic Personality Disorder (now likely treated at taxpayer expense). Lately, her speech is laconic, measured: as if being she is being treated with psychotropics. She is far less confident in her abilities than she was (likely the outcome of meeting people towering above her intellectual limitations). At times, it seems as if she is going to crack from the stress.

Her sometimes uncorrected shrillness reveals palling insecurities; but, she can quickly rein in her emotions (again likely from the benefit of extensive coaching and/or therapy at taxpayer expense).

Remember when the earth haters descended on former First Lady Michelle Obama for baring her shoulders? There has been nary a murmur about Noem doing it let alone calling out Melania Trump for her past as a hooker.

It's not like Noem is unattractive or as obese as Linda Daugaard is.

Noem has never supported the Violence Against Women Act and if her abusers were Democrats she'd be singing like a cardinal. Anyone who believes she's never been a victim of sexual harassment or unwanted touching is delusional.

Kristi Noem is a MILF. Is she compliant, infidelitous, or simply jaded?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Cannabis a missing therapy in Trump's health emergency declaration


As South Dakota struggles with obesity, alcoholism and its worsening opioid crisis former Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White is preaching to New Mexicans about his success with therapeutic cannabis in kicking reliance on pills.
“I got to a point in my life, like many people, that I…taking opiates every day is not quality of life,” he said. “I just wanted to try something different.” Much like the positive changes White said medical marijuana has brought to his life, he has now watched it transform the lives of others. [KOB teevee]
But in the failed red state of South Dakota jails and drug courts are treatments.
At least one overdose patient arriving in the Spearfish Emergency Room per week is not uncommon. Dr. Thomas Groeger of Lead-Deadwood Regional Medical Clinic said that the number one overdose seen in their emergency room is from alcohol. [Black Hills Pioneer]
Alcohol remains the primary substance abused by patients at Lewis and Clark Behavioral Health in Yankton, too; but the lion's share of funding from the Trump Organization is going to the law enforcement industry.
A study done by the Department of Health found that South Dakota had 66 individuals die from drug-related causes in 2015. Twenty-four of those deaths, or 36 percent, were attributed to opioids. It was also reported that, in the same year, enough doses of opiates were prescribed to South Dakotans to medicate every adult in the state around the clock for 19 straight days. [Yankton Press & Dakotan]
Our Cheeto-dusted Führer has issued an edict to address the opioid epidemic spreading through his white voter base but is missing an opportunity to actually fix it.

Researchers and pharmacologists agree: cannabis is a safe and effective treatment as a bridge to recovery from opioid addiction. University of New Mexico researchers and the Industrial Rehabilitation Clinics of Albuquerque have released findings that showed 71% of patients either ceased or reduced their use of manufactured opioids within 6 months of enrolling in that state's medical cannabis program.

New Approach South Dakota expects voters to drain that state's Policing for Profit swamp.

Get involved.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Today's intersection: earth haters in South Dakota crow while crickets chirp in New Mexico

This morning's trip through South Dakota's media sites was littered with glowing stories of Republicans doing wonderful things.

Mike Rounds is scrambling to be relevant, John Thune is flip-flopping like a carp on the beach, Kristi Noem is flashing some cleavage appealing to her basest base, Denny Daugaard is still hiding his affair with Melody Schopp and Marty Jackley is revisiting his relationship with Gene Abdallah: a former legislator, cop, serial drunk, sex abuser and Roman Church dupe.

In stark contrast to South Dakota's earth hater party New Mexico's earth haters are persona non grata.
Most Republicans interviewed for this story didn’t want to talk on the record about the state GOP’s lack of bench strength. But privately, some say their problems are at least partly due to the controversies surrounding President Donald Trump, which some fear will drag down Republicans across the country next year. Even U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, the only Republican running for governor, conceded in a recent interview that Trump is less popular in New Mexico today than he was last year. [Santa Fe New Mexican]
Former New Mexico governor, Gary Johnson has thrown in the political towel citing disgust with America's current president.
“This could be the end of the republic as we know it. I think the Republican Party’s done for,” he said, “at the end of Trump’s tenure.” Why did he think that, given that the party had done fairly well in elections all year? Because of the “crazies,” the people he’d mentioned before. [Albuquerque Journal]
To address Pierre's culture of corruption a task force of four South Dakota Democratic legislators, four Republicans and three people representing Republicans have voted to tighten provisions that currently allow gifts to public officials but the SDGOP earth haters prevailed in blocking lower campaign limits.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Trump withholds dox that implicate his father's role in JFK assassination

Citing “potentially irreversible harm” to national security our Cheeto-dusted Führer is holding out on information that implicates his father in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

About halfway through his film of the conspiracy to murder Kennedy, Francis Richard Conolly named most of the thirty people who paid the eight shooters descending on Dallas that day in 1963 including then-Vice President Lyndon Johnson and a guy named Richard Nixon. Conolly has a still photo of former Central Intelligence Agency employee George HW Bush standing guard outside the Dallas Book Depository where Lee Harvey Oswald was planted.

G. Gordon Liddy murdered Officer JD Tippit in Dallas in a botched plot to replace President John F Kennedy's body to hide the evidence of multiple shooters and nearly every member of the Dallas Police Department was in on the conspiracy.

JFK's fatal head shot was fired from a storm gutter at nearly point blank range.

Led by conspirator Frank Sturgis the Watergate plumbers were searching the hotel for evidence that the Democratic Party knew about the Dulles/CIA plot to murder Kennedy.

Fred Christ Trump was a member of the Ku Klux Klan and in 1927 he marched with the KKK to protest Protestants being assaulted by the Roman Catholic police of New York City. Trump, Sr. was investigated by a Senate committee for misusing public funds and supported Jewish causes in direct conflict with JFK's father Joseph Kennedy, Sr. He hated American Negroes and knew the Kennedy brothers supported civil rights. It's not impossible he had a hand in the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, too. Israeli press has pushed the lone gunman screeds ever since.

George W Bush spent nearly the entire month of August, 2001 in Texas preparing for the false flag narrative to follow the next month. The two Georges, Jeb and Marvin Bush are directly responsible for the events of 11 September, 2001. Why? Because the business of war is in their blood.

W's veiled attack on Trump is pure projection and Trump is the master of projection blaming all others for the blood on his own father's hands.

Donald Trump is America's Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Kids Count: South Dakota sucks for American Indian kids

"AMERICAN INDIAN CHILDREN IN SOUTH DAKOTA ARE FURTHER AWAY FROM OPPORTUNITY THAN ANY RACIAL GROUP IN ANY STATE"

South Dakota, Montana, Arizona and New Mexico are at the bottom of a list of Kids Count results just published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. If 1000 is perfect South Dakota comes in dead last with a score of 220. The average score for the United States is a dismal 413 although African American kids fare even worse.

Read the rest here.

Montana is at least doing something about American Indian dropout rates. Great Falls Public Schools has developed an immersion program that includes a bison hunt.
The students like immersion school so much that several asked to continue it for three weeks over the summer. Antonio, who before the program was using drugs and dropped out of school, was one of the students who did credit recovery over the three-week summer program. [Great Falls Tribune]
Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota is sending some genetically pure bison to Arizona to build a new herd there.

More than 5 million children in America are separated from a parent because of a prison sentence. Eight percent of South Dakota's kids or about 17,000 children are affected by the state's repressive law enforcement industry. Exacerbating prison population and hopelessness, personal income in South Dakota has plummeted under Republican Governor Denny Daugaard according to the Pew Charitable Trusts. The state is addicted to gambling creating staggering homelessness and despair. Rapid City and Pennington County brag about their Native mass incarcerations.

In South Dakota white people steal money slated for American Indian education and murder their families when the jig is up then place a complicit attorney general at the head of the investigation. A so-called "South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations" led by earth haters plots new ways to take advantage of and siphon resources from the nine tribal nations trapped in the red moocher state.



Monday, October 23, 2017

Pheasant phorecast: phowl phucked


Introduction of the Chinese ring-necked pheasant to South Dakota is one of most destructive examples of ecoterrorism in US history.

Not only has it heralded the eradication of habitat for native wild turkeys and grouse species this year's near extermination of pheasants is bringing an unsustainable hunting demand on waterfowl in the Prairie Pothole Region.
Staggering habitat losses have put at risk the state’s reputation as a ringneck Mecca. South Dakota lost 1.8 million grassland acres between 2006 and 2012, a sizable portion of which came from the federal Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which pays producers to idle marginal cropland. As a result, pheasant numbers tumbled 30 percent from the 10-year average. Hunter participation and hunter harvest also have nose-dived. [Star-Tribune]
A decade ago CRP acres were about 1.5 million in South Dakota but that number has plummeted as it has throughout the US.
If they initially qualified for CRP contract by plugging some wetlands, those wetland could qualify as mitigation acres, if the farmer doesn’t take the plugs out when the CRP contract expires. [Profit from wetland rules: Offer mitigation acres]
The CRP program was thirty years old last year.

Pheasants don't eat grasshoppers but wild geese and turkeys sure do while the pesticide industry that greases Republican politicos don't give a shit about anything but profits. The reasoning is hardly mysterious: it's all about the money hunting and subsidized grazing bring to the South Dakota Republican Party depleting watersheds and smothering habitat under single-party rule.

South Dakota's experiment introducing an exotic species has just not been able to keep up breeding a bird unable to adapt to the state's brutal weather and climate science-denying legislature.

During the past weekend social media images of grinning white people with several thousand dead pheasants told a story of an industry on the wane even as some announced the sale of former ag land to out of state buyers promising wildlife restoration. Even children have been enlisted to remove the non-native bird from South Dakota grouse habitat.

Add the extirpation of apex predators, the resulting rise of mesopredators, increasing numbers of domestic dogs and cats then stir in a melange of industrial chemicals and climate change and voila! Red state collapse on parade.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Front Range rail service depends on Denver's future

As the New Mexico Rail Runner suffers a downturn in ridership Move Cheyenne is studying passenger rail to Denver.
The Action & Advocacy Committee of The Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce met on October 10, 2017, in Cheyenne. Chamber CEO/President, Dale Steenbergen, shared more on the Move Cheyenne initiative that focuses on solutions for the I-25 corridor. "Our businesses need accessibility to/from Denver. Rail and road are our primary areas of focus to achieve this." stated Steenbergen. The partnership of Chambers of Commerce along the Front Range works to strengthen the advocacy related to the Move Cheyenne initiative. This collaboration will help provide regional solutions for regional issues. Wyoming Wranglers, the program funding a Lobbyist at the Federal Level, is also focusing on transportation and will work to drive the budget towards supporting a regional project, such as this. [Move Cheyenne]
Denver is lobbying hard to attract Amazon's second headquarters although Albuquerque has an outside chance.
Bernalillo County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins, chairwoman of the Rio Metro board, said she expects Rail Runner ridership to bounce back as the economy improves. Public transportation is important to economic development efforts, she said, as shown by Amazon’s desire for a strong mass transit system wherever it builds its new headquarters. And, of course, some people already rely on the Rail Runner to get to work, she said. [Albuquerque Journal]
A bi-annual survey found 86 percent of regular riders of the New Mexico Rail Runner rate the service very high. 77 percent of the passengers believe price structure is good or excellent.

About 126,000 boardings and departures by Southwest Chief riders are made each year in New Mexico. Amtrak says it employs 57 New Mexicans and total wages were about $5.2 million in 2014.

Denver International Airport is Hell to fly into and then finding a way back into the city complicated and expensive. If the political will existed the Rail Runner could access the Lamy spur from Santa Fe and go directly into Denver serving Colorado communities along the way.

Equip the Rail Runner to connect with Amtrak farther south in New Mexico then on to El Paso and put the Rail Runner into downtown Denver to connect with the California Zephyr, maybe into Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Anyone with me?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

New Mexico learning lesson of South Dakota's red state failure


New Mexico is one of only 13 states to have implemented some kind of public financing system and the cities of Albuquerque and Santa Fe have adopted the rules. State Auditor Tim Keller, a Democrat, is leading in Albuquerque's mayoral race.

The state's legislators are unpaid and it’s one of just eight states without an independent ethics commission.
In November 2016, for example, South Dakota voters passed Initiated Measure 22, which provided for an overhaul of the state’s campaign disclosure laws and other major reforms, including tough new rules on lobbying and ethics and the creation of a new state ethics commission. Two Koch-backed groups—Americans for Prosperity (AFP) and Concerned Women for America—spearheaded a campaign called Defeat22, with AFP providing $590,000 of the roughly $610,000 raised. Although the campaign failed to stop the ballot measure, which passed with 52 percent of the vote, it was apparently enough to persuade the state legislature to step in. Invoking an “emergency” clause, legislators repealed the changes that the voters had just approved, undoing the much-needed reforms. [The Fight Against Dark Money in New Mexico and Beyond]
To address Pierre's culture of corruption a task force of four South Dakota Democratic legislators, four Republicans and three people representing Republicans have voted to tighten provisions that currently allow gifts to public officials but the SDGOP earth haters prevailed in blocking lower campaign limits.

Supporters of IM22 in South Dakota have collected some 50,000 signatures to put an analog measure on the 2018 ballot so voters can have another chance to overturn the whims of that state's Koch-mad reactionary electioneers.

Steve Pearce, an earth hater running for his party's nomination for governor has sued New Mexico's Democratic secretary of state to release campaign funds Pearce raised as US representative from his district.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

New Mexico cannabis grower's collaboration with Israeli firm is deeply troubling


In March Israel-based Panaxia Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and New Mexico-based Ultra Health opened a facility in Bernalillo to manufacture cannabis oil, oral tablets, suppositories, pastilles, transdermal patches and topical creams.

The collaboration comes on the heels of a University of New Mexico resolution demanding the school divest from corporations that profit from human rights violations both in Palestine and at the US-Mexico border. It was later rescinded.
Last year, Human Rights Watch urged that all corporations had to end all business in or with settlements in order to comply with their human rights obligations, and that governments are responsible for taking steps to discourage settlements. “Settlement businesses unavoidably contribute to Israeli policies that dispossess and harshly discriminate against Palestinians, while profiting from Israel’s theft of Palestinian land and other resources,” Arvind Ganesan, director of the group’s business and human rights division, said. There is also a growing consensus among international legal scholars that trade in settlement goods violates international law. [The Electronic Intifada]
New Mexico is struggling with its own colonial past.
When it comes to Native American history, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is out to squash every superstition, lie, and rumor. Remember, it was a papal bull that gave permission for the Portuguese to colonize Africa, for the Spanish to colonize the Americas. It was taken up by British Protestants, too — it essentially became international law — the right to colonize non-Christian peoples. Thomas Jefferson supported this doctrine, and under Andrew Jackson, it was codified into law as the U.S. sought the subjugation of Indians west of the Mississippi River. That follows us to this day,” Dunbar-Ortiz said. [Pasatiempo]
Ultra Health has just opened its ninth dispensary, this one in Silver City, inching it closer to a virtual monopoly in New Mexico's lucrative cannabis industry. Ultra Health CEO Duke Rodriguez has praised the state for blooming sales and is showering Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Michelle Lujan Grisham with campaign dollars.

How condoning the loss of local control and colonial brutality both in Palestine and in New Mexico looks good to Democratic voters remains a mystery.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Sturgis proves it's the worst town in South Dakota

“Go back to the rez!”

A South Dakota school board has voted unanimously to cancel homecoming activities that would have featured a football game between the Sturgis Scoopers and the Pine Ridge Thorpes after a car bearing hate speech and a symbol painted on it that some said resembled a swastika was smashed by Sturgis students.

After numerous racially-charged episodes at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City the President of the Oglala Lakota Nation came under intense pressure to urge organizers of the Lakota Nation Invitational to move that event.

While incidents like the one in Sturgis are not uncommon in South Dakota white nationalist incitements have intensified after Russia helped Donald Trump steal the 2016 presidential election.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says that if Confederate monuments are taken down, there’s no telling how far America might go —Native Americans could call for the removal of statues commemorating leaders who orchestrated violence against their ancestors. [Huffington Post]
The United States was founded on the backs of slaves as systematic genocide became a way of life for white christians quoting scripture as they slaughtered their fellow humans. After colonizers realized enslaved American Indians had no resistance to diseases brought from the Old World, Africans were imported to do the dirty work.

US Presidents Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren drove thousands from their lands and to their deaths over the Trail of Tears yet Rapid City brazenly displays their likenesses in conspicuous locations downtown.

South Dakota is home to numerous sculptures that idolize genocide visited upon American Indians. Mount Rushmore is the state's premier example of racist ideology. Its sculptor was a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Sturgis is home to Fort Meade: one of the last outposts supporting the US Army's war against Native forces.

In a June poll hosted by this blog readers voted Sturgis "worst town in South Dakota."

Right to life? Only if you're white in Trump's America.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Doctors: tax sugary drinks


It looks like South Dakota isn't going to add new taxes on tobacco next session to fund red state failure but there is plenty of other sin to tax.

Forty percent of cancers are caused by obesity. Breast cancer rates in South Dakota are the highest in the United States and 31.4 percent of South Dakotans are obese. Raising taxes on tobacco raises rates of obesity.
The state’s most remote counties are particularly afflicted by conditions linked to inactivity such as diabetes and obesity. Ann Schwader of South Dakota State University Extension identified and trained “walk coaches” in four rural communities, who organized local walking campaigns.Schwader will offer another “Everybody Walks! SD” training next February to bring additional communities on board. [Utne Reader]
New analysis has revealed that consumption of sugary drinks results in some 25,000 deaths in the United Snakes and 184,000 deaths worldwide each year.

How Coca Cola, Archer Daniels Midland, and News Corpse have fattened themselves and us on sugar water is patently offensive and criminal. Drilling for the petroleum to make containers that end up in landfills is malicious and hateful especially when exposure to plastic can cause hormone changes that can lead to gender dysphoria.
A new study published in Social Science & Medicine suggests that taxation that depends on the number of calories or amount of sugar per liter may be the best approach and could even encourage manufacturers to produce and promote healthier alternatives. Last year, Mexico became the first country to implement a nationwide sugar-sweetened drink tax when it introduced a tax of one peso (around $0.07) per liter – about 10 percent of the price. As well as being a possible approach for sugar-sweetened drinks, this dose approach to taxation could also be effective at controlling unhealthy food consumption, and even fuel consumption.
Read it here.

Mexico has slowed its consumption of beverages with added sugar by taxing the industry.

Treating patients in a surge of obesity, doctors in the United Kingdom are urging lawmakers to pass a 20 percent tax to pay the medical costs to the national health care system.

Autism is caused by faulty gut/brain connections even in nanny states like South Dakota. Genetically engineered sugar beet seed contributes to the spectrum disorder in kids.

Advertising is a gateway drug; it should be subject to increased taxation, too.

What do the fat, white people below have in common besides being far greater burdens on American health care than those who exercise regularly? They all say cannabis is dangerous to young adults while also saying efforts to reduce childhood obesity, like a sugar or soda tax, is over-regulation, government overreach or nanny-statism.




From top to bottom: Korndog King Pat Powers, Quorndog Queen Linda Daugaard, Emperor Corndog, and last but not least a corn fed lead con man.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Trial set for WA man who stood his ground against SD state trooper


A South Dakota state trooper systematically spent his time profiling cars with license plates from states with legal cannabis...that is until, allegedly, Zachary Bader was nearly killed for violating a Washington man's rights.
22-18-4. Justifiable use of force to protect property--Use of deadly force--Duty to retreat. Any person is justified in the use of force or violence against another person when the person reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to prevent or terminate the other person's trespass on or other criminal interference with real property or personal property lawfully in his or her possession or in the possession of another who is a member of his or her immediate family or household or of a person whose property he or she has a legal right to protect. However, the person is justified in the use of deadly force only as provided in §§ 22-16-34 and 22-16-35. A person does not have a duty to retreat if the person is in a place where he or she has a right to be. Source: SDC 1939, § 13.2402 (3); SL 2005, ch 120, § 8; SL 2006, ch 116, § 2. [South Dakota Codified Law]
Cannabis is legal in Washington but for standing his ground Donald Willingham is charged with multiple counts in Pennington County after Trooper Bader illegally profiled the vehicle in which he was riding on Interstate 90. He is being held on an outrageous $5 million bail but his associates are out on bond. Jonathan Melendez, Chase Sukert and Desiree Sukert pleaded as part of a deal with prosecutors in which they agreed to testify against Willingham.

A mental health evaluation revealed Willingham is fit to appear for trial in December.

Recall that in 2012 short guy power hungry Bader accosted a Montana family instead of policing Sturgis Rally traffic. In 2004 Montana voters legalized cannabis for some patients.

Cops' lives suck. Little wonder they abuse their families, alcohol, drugs, food, power, detainees and occasionally murder their wives.

South Dakota voters are expected to overturn some of the state's repressive cannabis laws in 2018.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

With the political will Lead, Deadwood's downturns easy to reverse

Well, it's that time of year again.

Not long after Homestake Mining Company announced its intention to close operations in Lead, we were listening to this NPR story about an ice climbing park in Ouray, Colorado, a former mining town that has remade itself by farming ice. My daughters' mother turned to me and said: "Wow, they should do that in the Open Cut."

It was if she had spoken with the Voice of God. The very next day I made an appointment and met with Bruce Breid, the general manager charged with the mine's mothballing, an aerial photo of the pit displayed on the wall behind his desk.

"What a brilliant idea, Mr. Kurtz, we have water here, here, and here," Mr. Breid said, pointing to locations at the rim near the Homestake Visitor Center. "Can you provide a legal instrument holding Homestake harmless?"

Right. There was that.

Though not a climber myself, more research led me to locals, some of whom had actually climbed the natural seeps deep in the pit while working for subcontract miners.

The horseshoe-shaped bowl directly under the Visitors Center is geologically sound, anchors for top roping easy to place. I have spoken to every Lead mayor since; the desired property is in the city limits. Barrick, the current owner has resisted any discussion of the concept. The Authority governing development of the Lab looks at me like deer in headlights.

The Open Cut contributes about 11% of the water to the mine being pumped for the Lab, the ice climbing park would add another 5000 gallons or so. If a clay liner would be applied to the floor of the pit, the resulting reservoir (yes, acidic mine runoff mostly) could be tapped for emergency fire-fighting or diverted to the treatment facility for water from Sawpit Gulch in Central City: some of that is already happening.

A couple of points: most of the Open Cut is comprised of very porous rock; filling the pit with water would only succeed in filling the emerging lab. Barrick wants the wall of the pit to "spall," ie. move loose material from the walls to the floor. Accelerating this process would serve the purpose.

There are precious few places on Earth where nearly a thousand feet of vertical ice would be this easy to access.

Ice climbing is driving the winter economies of several former mining towns like Bozeman, Montana; Durango and Ouray, Colorado; and Cody, Wyoming.

Lead should take some advice from Hill City and Hot Springs. Coordination with the Grateful Deadwood High Cannabusiness Institute could bring new life to some old towns.

Build it and some will even climb it naked.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Ultra Health crosses $1M NM cannabis threshold


Through its eight dispensaries New Mexico producer Ultra Health has announced it crossed the million dollar threshold providing $1.1 million in therapeutic cannabis last month to some of the state's 47,000 patients.

Ultra Health CEO Duke Rodriguez has praised the state for blooming sales.
"You know, even in the short time that we've advocated for medical cannabis, the program has rocketed from nonexistent to – next year we should, 2018, we should probably be at $150 million," he points out. Rodriguez notes that New Mexico's heavy reliance on the oil and gas industry benefits only some parts of the state, primarily counties in the northwestern and southeastern corners. He maintains total legalization would level the playing field. [Public News Service]
Ultra Health is part of an agreement with the Paiute Tribe in Las Vegas, Nevada and with New Mexico tribes to provide equipment for their facilities.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham of Albuquerque, the leading fund raiser in the New Mexico gubernatorial Democratic primary, sees a green future for the state.
So, legalization initiatives have a clear Democratic benefit. Democratic-leaning voters, who otherwise might have stayed home, could turn out to vote on marijuana reform. Some may leave other parts of the ballot blank, but Democrats could see a meaningful benefit overall. In a race that is close, a few thousand votes here or there could force an incumbent Republican Senator to pack up his office or shift a state’s electoral votes from red to blue. [Brookings Institution]
New Mexico's Republican governor is appealing a state court's ruling that overturned some of her vetoes of legislative bills one of which legalizes industrial cannabis.

This blog sees little value in the widespread cultivation of hemp especially on tribal lands: it is an invasive species capable of overgrowing native grasses and easily migrates into adjacent lands. Why anyone would want to buy genetically engineered seed from Monsanto or some other earth hater every year remains a mystery.

It's also the view of this blog that Colorado shafted her medical growers to expand the industry there and that local control is essential to keeping profits from legal cannabis out of the hands of Big Dope while working for the states' stakeholders. Tight control of the industry is the only way most state legislatures will legalize for all adults.