Sunday, August 6, 2017

SD cannabis initiative includes American Indian participation

Spearditch businessman John Dale wants “An Initiated Measure to Legalize All Quantities of Marijuana and to Make Other Changes to State Law Involving Marijuana” to position American Indian producers first in a free-market environment.

Dale’s petition differs from two other ballot initiatives being circulated by New Approach South Dakota because it removes all felony and misdemeanor charges for growing, ingesting, some home growing and includes immunity from state interference.
His proposal prohibits marijuana use by people under 21 years of age. Violations would be punished by community service and product confiscation. Testing of seized goods would ensue, with the goal of identifying, tracking, and thereby deflating black market supplies. The modifications are designed to give legislators flexibility to adjust the law as results change the market, Dale notes. “It doesn’t try to set everything in stone,” he says. [Native Sun News]
Republican state lawmaker Liz May has even called for state/tribal compacts.

Tribal casinos are already in the banking business as the cannabis industry is looking for places to enter the financial markets. Even bankers see economic development potential.

Whatever perceived evils surrounding cannabis already exist and continuing to reward a black market is neither conservative nor sustainable. Unrestrained capitalism has killed millions during the war on drugs with zero results: a moral hazard instead of self-reliance.

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.

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.

Black market cannabis not tested or subject to regulation makes America and South Dakota less safe. Legalizing and regulating a product that so many people enjoy is reasonable public policy that would align with our life/safety concerns.

In defiance of sabre-rattling from the Trump Organization threatening to end tribal sovereignty the Nevada Tribal Cannabis Alliance, the New Mexico-based Acoma Pueblo, Montana's Blackfeet, the Yankton Sioux Tribe and others are all exploring the economic benefits of grow/ops.

Initiated law is a blunt instrument: cannabis statutes need to be palpated in committee then transplanted into the legislative body.

The Pojoaque Pueblo just dropped a lawsuit against the State of New Mexico and signed a new gaming compact.

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.

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