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Hemp is Pot & other Crazy notions of our governor

Noem makes incredibly ignorant statements about industrial hemp

I guess I have never thought Donita ‘Noem’ Trump was the smartest knife in the drawer, but I also didn’t think she was a total idiot, until I heard her make this statement;

“I believe if we move ahead with industrial hemp and we aren’t prepared with it from a regulatory standpoint, from an enforcement standpoint, if we don’t have the equipment and dollars to do this correctly, we will be opening the door to allowing marijuana to be legalized in the state of South Dakota,” Noem said.

Industrial Hemp isn’t the gateway to legalizing recreational pot. Never has been. Two completely different industries, not only in the products they provide but how it is grown.

“The plant looks exactly like a marijuana plant because it’s exactly the same plant as a marijuana plant,” Noem said.

Lesmeister disputed Noem’s claim, saying that they’re two separate plants and “standing in a field, there’s a vast difference.”

Why would any farmer in SD want to risk losing their entire farm over a rotational crop by sneaking in illegal cannabis? It’s ignorant. First off if the plants were hidden in the field, they would be overpowered by the industrial hemp, and secondly, and more importantly, the plant that contains THC, has to be grown in a greenhouse. You could plant it outside, but your results wouldn’t be something you would want to sell. If you have ever seen a grow house you would realize that it is a very delicate plant that has to be watered properly, lighted properly, special organic fertilizers and hand pruned to make it a viable crop to sell. Industrial hemp is pretty much planted and harvested (outside), that’s it. I’m amazed that someone who calls herself a farmer and sat on the ag committee knows very little about a crop that actually built our nation. Even Ellis agrees with me;

We can debate the pros and cons of marijuana legalization another day, but let’s first dispense with the asinine argument that hemp and marijuana are the same.

Well, we choose the hills we want to die on. Noem has chosen hemp.

Like I said in my first post about this, Kristi, grow a brain. It makes you wonder what she has been smoking?

A new wind (smell) may be blowing over South Dakota in 2018

There are many stories circulating about the initiatives and referendums ‘circulating’ the state, but one seems to be standing out. I am hearing that ‘recreational’ marijuana is doing very well.

I have also personally opined that if rec gets on the ballot, it will pass. I wouldn’t even be surprised if it gets as high as 56% of the vote.

Besides the fact that people who smoke or have no problem with people who smoke voting for the initiative, there are many who don’t want to go through a prescription process to get the pain relief they need from a natural occurring drug. So who else would vote for rec use? Educators would get a dedicated 40% in revenue from the sale of the product. That could easily infuse over $20 million in the first year. There is also all the savings in law enforcement and incarceration, which should make police and state’s attorneys across our state very happy.

The only argument recently gaining steam against legal rec is ‘drug’ driving. Guess what, drinking and driving will still kill more people each year than any other kind of drug use. That and whether or not you are legally smoking and purchasing marijuana or not, just like drinking and driving, making it a legal product doesn’t change whether people will drive while using it.

Of course our last hurdle will be if our state legislature and AG will let this legally be put on the ballot, and if it passes, let it become state law. Like IM 22, if they override this, it would quite possibly be one of the stupidest things they have ever done (I know, where do we begin on that list).

Unlike Marsy’s Law and IM 22, the legislature, the citizens, the business community, and law enforcement best get ready, legal rec marijuana could be a stark reality next Fall in SD, instead of meddling with it or f’ing up this opportunity, let’s embrace it.

Would recreational Marijuana raise significant taxes for SD?

Damn right it would! And I suspect most of that tax revenue would come from out of state. Think about it. If South Dakota legalizes Recreational, we would be surrounded by 6 states that do not have it legalized. I actually think the state could easily raise $30-40 million in tax revenue in the first year. Of course our closed minded legislators (mostly Republican) don’t have a clue, just read this ridiculous quote from our Speaker of the House;

“Never. Absolutely not,” said South Dakota House Speaker Mark Mickelson, R-Sioux Falls. “Tax yourself for something you need, don’t tax someone else for their path to destruction.”

So I’m guessing next year Mr. Mickelson will be proposing removing taxes from alcohol, or even better yet making us a dry state to end it’s ‘destruction’ of our state. Hey, go a step further and get rid of video lottery also. Only Republicans think that it is okay to tax food, clothes and energy costs instead of a cash cow like REC marijuana. I think if this makes the ballot, it will pass by 56%. As a person who follows politics, I will say that REC marijuana is used by all stripes, Dems, Indies and Republicans. I also think that it HAS to pass by a good margin, otherwise our legislature will be making moves to overturn it. Just look at IM22. It’s time South Dakota moves into the 21st century and approves this important measure, that would improve education and save tax payers millions in legal costs.

What will be the (tribal land) repercussions of legalizing pot?

By Canby Huka, for Southdacola.com

While the Flandreau and Brookings police and the attorney general have been telling us about all the (criminal) ills of marijuana legalization on tribal land, I was curious if anyone with the tribe had concerns about what they were doing and any changes they would make when having a bunch of stoners wondering their campus.

I spoke with the tribes’ Robert Left Handed Pipe, he is in charge of monitoring the affect the marijuana use will have on visitors.

“I think one of our biggest concerns is whether or not we can still have all you can eat crab legs at the casino anymore. You, know, the ocean called, they want their crab legs back!”

Besides the binge eating, I asked him about the concerns of law enforcement that these people will be driving after toking up.

“Well you know Canby, we actually kind of got a chuckle out of that one. I guess the way I look at it, if you can’t even get the keys in the ignition of your car, it’s gonna be kind of hard to drive away. Our stuff is that good.”

So I asked Robert what kind of entertainment was going to be provided at the ‘smoker’s lounge’?

“We are using the bowling alley for our smoking lounge, so we intend to keep it as a bowling alley, think Big Lebowski, but without the White Russians. We are going to call it ‘Bowls & Bowling’.”

Robert also told me about other pre-cautions they will be taking including a Visine station at the exit and a booth for people who get paranoid and have an anxiety attack.

“We are going to put an interesting twist on it, it’s going to be a money booth similar to the casino, we figured if these people are freaking out, they might as well have fun with it, oh, and helmets will be provided.”

So while the regional law enforcement may have concerns about the tribal consumption of marijuana, the tribe is implementing their own precautions. Which left to my last question about the attorney general’s opinion that non-tribal members will not be able to purchase and consume the product on tribal land.

“We pretty much disagree with AG Jackboots on that opinion. In fact, we sent a letter to him expressing our dissatisfaction in his beliefs.”

I wondered how Jackboots took the letter, Robert responded, “Not sure, we signed it ‘Gueux Fukihannas Yulu’.” Which translates from Lakota to ‘Go F**k Yourself’.

Like the Attorney General’s concern over pot on tribal land in Flandreau, this article is also a joke.

One more step forward towards equality

You don’t have to come to DaCola to read about the Federal approval of Gay Marriage. But this is part of a bigger movement. The ACA was found to be constitutional once again, marriage equality, and now marijuana sales in Flandreau. The next big step is making marijuana legal nation wide.

It’s about time our country realizes we are a country of freedoms – not just for some people – but for all.

Grand Falls may have a golf course, but Royal River soon will have bong hits

I’m glad to see the Santee Sioux Tribe exploring this;

Here is the full statement from tribal attorney Seth Pearman:

“Thank you again for coming to Flandreau to report on the Tribe’s marijuana announcement. On Friday, May 8, 2015, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe Executive Committee, while in session, established a wholly owned limited liability company with the purpose of pursuing recreational marijuana and hemp on the Tribe’s reservation. The Tribe has not legalized marijuana in any form yet, and is in the process of preparing an ordinance to regulate any growth and consumption on the Reservation. It too has meet with several reputable companies to consult with the Tribe, and is finalizing selection of a company. The consideration of legalizing marijuana on the Reservation was prompted by an October 24, 2014 Department of Justice Memorandum regarding marijuana enforcement in Indian Country. (Attached) Economic Development is a paramount consideration of the Tribe, and the Tribe looks diligently into different ventures that would create economic stability for the Tribe and its members. As the Tribe continues to pursue marijuana legalization, it will provide more detailed information to the public.”

Tribal official with interesting last name

The tribes can legally grow and sell marijuana;

The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council this year rejected a proposal to allow marijuana on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Law and Order Committee Chairwoman Ellen Fills the Pipe says marijuana is a drug, and her gut feeling is that the tribe won’t allow its cultivation.

Maybe next time Woster needs to interview an official with the last name ‘Kills the Pipe’ instead.

The war on pot is costing us

Not only in tax dollars for prosecution and incarceration, but in lives.

This latest case of just one drug robbery gone bad (over marijuana) has produced this;

  • Prosecution of 3 conspiritors and a murderer
  • One person dead, another injured
  • Probably over a million dollars in prosecution costs and incarceration

This was ONE incident over the greed and hysteria caused by people dealing weed. Heck, we even had a shoot-out in the streets of Sioux Falls over people stealing weed from each other, which could have resulted in more people dead, including police officers. It is going on across the country, and other states are realizing the war just isn’t worth it anymore, and are seizing a tax revenue source in the process instead more costs in prosecution to taxpayers. In fact, one little town in Colorado has experienced a monthly sales tax increase of $44,000 a month and are using the windfall to fix their streets instead of building bigger jails and courtrooms.

While I support medical marijuana legalization in South Dakota, I encourage the petitioners to go whole hog instead, and support a measure that also legalizes recreational usage. I actually believe such a measure would get more support than just medical (it has failed twice on the ballot in SD).

I’ve seen many lives ruined because of marijuana, a (natural) drug that has been proven to be much less harmful then alcohol (a narcotic) and could be sold legally to create a tax revenue source for counties struggling with tight budgets when it comes to legal services.

Lives ruined because of the insatiable desire to make felons out of people who smoke a plant.

There are also other benefits besides medical and homeopathic. It is also an incredible agriculture product that can be grown in its NON-THC form, Hemp, to be used in clothing, essential oils and can even be burned producing as much energy heat as coal. The uses are endless.

I have often believed that cannabis is a true gift from God that we have bastardized because of the greed of our prison systems and the pharmaceutical industry. This pointless greed has hit home, and we must use the Lebeau incident as a lesson in how we can take something bad like botched drug deals, and turn them into a positive, to help the sick, the state coffers and the agriculture industry. Let’s pull our heads out of the sand in this country and state and use this amazing gift to our benefit.

IS FAKE POT STILL ILLEGAL TO PURCHASE IN SD?

You tell me.

You can still go into numerous smoke shops throughout SF and purchase ‘scent bags’ with the same potpourri in the sachets. As I understand, still the same stuff with a different description.

So what did the state legislature, or any legislature in the country accomplish by making it illegal? Not much. As I understand, from people who work in crime labs, they can just change a few ingredients and the (fake) purpose of the product and you usurp the law.

When is the justice system, law enforcement and legislators going to figure it out? Make naturally grown marijuana legal and you don’t have to worry about synthetic drugs. Heck, you don’t have to worry about billions of dollars a year going to Mexico, and you could tax the product at an almost 50% rate and turn our economy around.

OR, we can keep fighting these stupid little battles over synthetic drugs.