Want to reduce opiod use? Marijuana.

A recent news report says that Sanford Health is researching alternatives to opiod pain relief and reducing there usage.

One word; Marijuana.

And I am not talking about the medical stuff they have to make syrup out of, I’m talking about good old natural THC. Either vape it or get it in an edible. It has been a natural pain reliever for thousands of years. And here’s why the medical community and big pharma doesn’t like it.

Unlike prescription drugs that are often made from dangerous highly addictive chemicals, Marijuana can be grown at home without a prescription from a doctor.

Obviously, it cannot be used for extreme pain but it can help with minor aches and pains, relieves spasms, increases appetite and can relieve minor stress and depression.

Like any drug overuse can cause problems, uh like, laziness and laughing a little too much. There is NO record of anyone dying from an overdose of Marijuana, but can cause anxiety in some people.

Why the medical community doesn’t study this natural drug more is beyond me.

There is a good chance that on Monday valid petitions will be turned in for Recreational Marijuana to be put on the ballot in 2018. I think it will pass with over 55% of the vote if it makes the ballot.

We not only need to embrace this like other states have for pain relief but the sale of recreational marijuana could change state funding like nothing before and has shown to reduce crime and criminal justice spending.

Enough goofing around with dangerous chemicals and skyrocketing crime, South Dakota needs to embrace the legalization of Marijuana.



#1 4byFord on 10.31.17 at 8:38 pm

Nice try. Opioids are not prescribed for the kind of pain you assert that MJ can relieve. So then there is no way that MJ can replace opioids for pain relief. Dopers are always looking for a new argument to try to get their drug of choice legalized, but this one ain’t going to work.

#2 Drugs are bad “em-k” on 11.01.17 at 9:33 am

Opioid prescriptions are the gateway to meth.
Just because you have a script doesn’t mean your not an addict. When folks are prescribed these highly addictive drugs they get hooked. When they can no longer get the script they resort to alternative illegal meth use. And yes, they do prescribe these drugs to clients with pain issues that thc could take care of.
It is a battle against big money and I hope our States Attorney and Governors office start looking at this closer.

#3 The D@ily Spin on 11.01.17 at 10:42 am

As usual, SD will be the last state to accept something. I don’t need or want marijuana but alcohol, tobacco, and lottery are worse. They’re legal. Jails are crowded with small quantity offenders. Ticket them and wait till they don’t pay it or can be proven a dealer. Allow small growth operations but tax it at 50%. 1930’s alcohol prohibition didn’t work. If it’s legal, it’s not fun for recreational users. Denying it medicinally is a bigger crime.

#4 The D@ily Spin on 11.01.17 at 11:13 am

“Opioids are the gateway to meth”, and not turning off ‘Cookies’ on your computer makes you diabetic.

#5 Say What? on 11.02.17 at 9:35 am

Not until it is FDA approved…like Thalidomide and Bendectin…and multiple other “approved” poisons. It (marijuana) has been tested since the dawn of mankind…just not FDA approved. I’m sure big pharma is getting right on that…along with big liquor.

#6 Emoluments Clause on 11.02.17 at 12:22 pm

“…big liquor?”….. Would that be a ’40?’

We have a meth problem and a opioid problem in our society today, but let’s encourage everyone towards marijuana usage…..(?)

You know the Lyft debate in this town is really not about our taxi services, rather it is really about people drinking too much and them afterwards looking for a cheaper or more trendier form of enabling….

The answer to all of this, however, is more walking and less mass consumption…