Friday, February 24, 2017

Red state cannabis hypocrisy gives cartels power over health care decisions

Marty Jackley didn't show and postponed Eric Hagen's trial apparently because Jeff Sessions is preparing to strike down the Department of Justice ruling on tribal cannabis to fuck local control.

Attorneys General in both Montana and South Dakota are wailing about the rise of meth use and crying for additional law enforcement industry resources while the Trump administration weighs cracking down on the rights of states to tax cannabis.

Thanks to meth South Dakota's law enforcement industry enjoyed a 22 percent increase in drug arrests last year, the Republicans are out of cash to house inmates and civil forfeiture just isn't paying the bills.
Quinnipiac University released a poll showing that 59 percent of Americans support recreational marijuana legalization and 71 percent of Americans want the federal government to get out of the way of states when it comes to marijuana policy. And you can bet a lot of that support comes from states President Trump won in 2016. The president may not believe that you can ‘Make America Great Again’ by legalizing marijuana, but if he wants states and citizens to be more in control of public policy, he should consider himself the last person who should try to get in the way. [John Hudak]
A just-released British study links high doses of sugar with increased rates of Alzheimer's even as the City of Santa Fe debates a soda tax.

Black market cannabis not tested or subject to regulation makes America less safe. Legalizing and regulating a product that so many people enjoy is reasonable public policy that would align with our life/safety concerns.
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]
In South Dakota 302 children are confined per 100,000 kids; that's the highest number in the United States according to Pew.

South Dakota has the most draconian cannabis laws in the US: the law enforcement industry can even force catheters into urethras and penises to test possession by ingestion.

Reports from Mexico say homicides are soaring after the the arrest of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán left a power vacuum in illegal drug trade.

For the record, I do not support widespread growing of industrial cannabis in South Dakota, 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.

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, let them distribute on the rez, on off-reservation properties and in Deadwood.


Duffer said...

ahhh . . . . the subject that causes this troll to rise.

I've been watching the latest batch of legalization States drag their feet with the actual "enactment" process, and knowing all along the bullshit reasons they've advanced have just been cover for thinking that Trump and Sessions were going to throw a monkey-wrench in to the process anyway - and here you have it.

All the bullshit hypocrisy of the Repukes aside, as they will never admit their selective use of the term "States Rights" is to cover their will to control our culture and jail their political enemies, methinks the money in it by now may be too much for even these assholes to overcome. I predict an immediate injunction/stay after Sessions makes his move and eventually in to the Soopremes. Numerous amicus briefs will accompany what looks like Washingtons' AG again on the offensive. I like the way that guy operates. He's US AG material.

That all looks optimistic - except that we know Sessions goons (including numerous country sheriffs that are chomping at the bit to join the DEA again) will immediately stage coordinated raids - destroying crops, trashing and seizing assets, jailing huge numbers of people (private prisons have already been enabled) and generally pissing a lot of people off before the sane States' AGs' get them stopped.

I'm guessing Jackboot will station troopers at the border to shake-down anyone that blips their radar. A small part, yet a noble one for another small-dick, closet-gay, aspiring fascist fucking republican.

that's my take . . . . .

larry kurtz said...

Good eye, Duff. The nanny state has gone pro driving SCOTUS to turn individual liberties into licenses to kill our fellow humans and to fuck due process. Trump's bizarro world is even taking its toll on some friendships as recriminations shape attitudes about what might have been and the earth haters have us in corners poking each other with sticks.

America is truly fucked.

Anonymous said...

I am working on helping craft legislation to legalize in Minnesota right now. Engage!

larry kurtz said...

Good job! According to Fox Business every state will be legal by 2021.

Anonymous said...

Check this out. She just announced her run for governor and is one hell of a legislator that is a well known policy wonk and the MNGOP knows she will hammer them in her arguments questioning details which essentially debunk what they are trying to do. Everyday in session in committee and in the bills she practically leaves no stone unturned. Check out her position on Cannabis.

lora said...

you and I don't agree on a lot of issues BUT as governor I will erase SD civil forfeiture and ask for bills for laws like New Mexico's

larry kurtz said...

Lora, the only way you have any chance to win at all is to run as an unaffiliated candidate.