Opponents of IM13 display their ignorance

I’m no expert on Medicinal Marijuana, but I would think a couple of doctors would know better then to spread blatant lies about the plant. But hey, if I had to pick my opponents, these two clowns would top my list;

The rally also came on the same day that Allen Unruh, an organizer for a local tea party group, denounced the measure as a back-door effort to legalize pot, which he complained would lead to widespread laziness among users.

So what?! The legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes would be one of the best things for this country. We could grow it, tax it and stop the billions of dollars we waste on incarceration and law enforcement. We could also stop funneling money to Mexico in which people die everyday supplying us the product now. There are also other benefits. We could use hemp for clothing and burn it for energy instead of coal.

As for the laziness comment. LMAO! Some of these people can’t work anyway do to their chronic pain, it might actually help them to be more productive instead of less.

Unruh’s tea party group was host to a luncheon featuring Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead and state Rep. Blake Curd, a Sioux Falls surgeon, who spoke against medical marijuana. Experience in other states, Milstead said, shows that the number of so-called “patients” quickly mushrooms while the number of physicians prescribing marijuana stays the same.

Well, Mike, guess why that is? Because pot is affordable unlike chemically based prescription drugs that have extreme side effects. And guess what else. IT WORKS!

Curd noted that marijuana is not a regulated drug, unlike other drugs that doctors prescribe.

And that is what scares the shit out of big pharma. They can’t patent it, so they can’t make money from it.

Potency varies widely, and users don’t know how the drug was grown – whether a grower used pesticides or fertilizers. “I think you’re looking at something that doesn’t have a useful place right now,” he said.

Curd displays his obvious ignorance on this one. Cannabis has no natural enemies, in other words you don’t have to use pesticides and fertilizers to grow it. Unlike the food we eat. Where is his concern over all the widespread cancer that is probably due to processed foods and bioengineering of food plants? Maybe he should be fighting Monsanto instead of Marijuana?


#1 Bob Ellis on 09.28.10 at 4:55 am

If you really want to dispel ignorance, you should read some of the material I’ve made available at Dakota Voice on this subject.

But if you’re more comfortable living in ignorance, catering to the lowest common denominator and doing what you can to erode the moral fabric of our culture, then don’t bother.

You might do yourself (and everyone in your community) a favor, though and ask yourself: how will legalizing this recreational drug help create a better society?

#2 l3wis on 09.28.10 at 5:02 am

How does denying sick people affordable and effective pain medication better society?

#3 Dukembe on 09.28.10 at 5:18 am

I think the problem is defining “sick.” Everyday life, coupled with advancing age, brings us all various degrees of discomfort.

#4 l3wis on 09.28.10 at 5:21 am

Another good reason to make it legal for all.

#5 Scott on 09.28.10 at 6:06 am

Widespread laziness??? lolz

#6 Costner on 09.28.10 at 6:57 am

Unruh is a chiropractor so one would think he would be on board with anything that is anti-mainstream medicine. However, as with most chiropractors they are only interested in alternative therapies and treatments when they control them and can profit from them.

To cite Unruh as if he is a legitimate expert is like trusting Lady Gaga to be an expert on evolution. Unruh isn’t a real doctor, has no idea what real science is, can’t produce one single shred of scientific evidence to support half of the treatments he provides to his patients, and is a self-serving hypocrite.

They would have been able to capture a more well-informed quote from a lamp post. I sincerely hope Unruh loses business when some of his patients realize he could care less about their chronic pain. He is merely interested in profitting in short term pain relieve, but he has no interest in people being able to treat their pain themselves as it would cut into his profits.

#7 Costner on 09.28.10 at 7:06 am

Bob Ellis: how will legalizing this recreational drug help create a better society

Seemed to work pretty well for alcohol Bob. It allows law enforcement to focus upon real crime instead of being bogged down with chasing after people who are just after a good time. It also allows our court system to focus upon real criminals and not waste time and resources prosecuting for a silly crime, as well as freeing up space in jails and prisons for violent criminals instead of non-violent offenders.

It would prevent profits from being sent to drug lords in Mexico which in turn are used to kill innocent civilians and cause widespread chaos in both their country and ours.

It would remove the sale and transportation from the underground and bring it to the surface where it could be properly monitored, taxed, and regulated. This means more tax revenue that can be used for everything from schools to medical care to roads and even for more police officers.

I don’t know about you Bob, but that sure seems like a better society to me.

#8 DDC on 09.28.10 at 8:21 am

Staggers gave a great little speech at the IM 13 rally last night. I videotaped it, but the audio is crap (wind noise). I should have it transcribed tonight.

#9 Ghost of Dude on 09.28.10 at 9:17 am

Potency varies widely, and users don’t know how the drug was grown – whether a grower used pesticides or fertilizers. “I think you’re looking at something that doesn’t have a useful place right now,” he said.

Why doesn’t Blake Curd believe in the free market? I thought that was right under God in the GOP’s eyes.

You might do yourself (and everyone in your community) a favor, though and ask yourself: how will legalizing this recreational drug help create a better society?

Ask yourself this, Bob. Who currently makes most of the money spent on illegal drugs -especially weed?
How is that any different than who made the most money off of alcohol during the 1920s?
What really made society “better”, prohibition, or its repeal?
What do you have against weed?

#10 anominous on 09.28.10 at 9:49 am

Finally an issue so terrible and scary that it drove a chiropractor and a doctor into each others warm embracing arms! Get the camera kids!

#11 Red Ryder on 09.28.10 at 6:57 pm

Another one of Stagger’s great and wonderful idea just like having the City clear/shovel all of the sidewalks.

Where does the AMA stand on this issue? I really don’t know but it would seem that they would have a valid opinion and/or evidence to support a position.

#12 Ghost of Dude on 09.29.10 at 7:58 am

Last I heard, the AMA was for more studies and a new look at the federal regulations re: weed.

#13 l3wis on 09.29.10 at 9:28 am

There is actually studies going on with hallucigenic mushrooms also. They are showing that they help fight depression.

#14 Costner on 09.29.10 at 12:56 pm

Red Ryder: Where does the AMA stand on this issue?

Well a 3.5 second Google search provided me with the following:


“”Our American Medical Association (AMA) urges that marijuana’s status as a federal Schedule I controlled substance be reviewed with the goal of facilitating the conduct of clinical research and development of cannabinoid-based medicines,” the AMA’s statement (PDF) reads. “This should not be viewed as an endorsement of state-based medical cannabis programs, the legalization of marijuana, or that scientific evidence on the therapeutic use of cannabis meets the current standards for a prescription drug product.”

Although somewhat noncommital, it does seem they are willing to at least study the issue before ruling against it. But who the heck are we to bother with studies or research… think of the children! Gateway drug – gateway drug! ARRHRHRHRHRHHHHHGGGGGGG!