7-16-15 Sioux Falls, SD By Devin Saxon. Although a recent petition launched by South Dakotans Against Prohibition (SDAP) may not exactly call for the full decriminalization of cannabis, allowing for some extortion to be committed by the occupying police state, it is a definitive and robust step towards the correct direction — demonstrating a fundamental commitment to human rights, social advancement, personal freedoms, and medical consciousness for all South Dakotans living throughout the heartland. The referendum, if passed into law, would prohibit the senseless incarceration of citizens possessing one ounce or less of marijuana. To some it may not be enough that a recent poll conducted by the Argus Leader resulted in 82% of respondents favoring decriminalizing small amounts of cannabis plant matter, which is due to receive some resistance from the dissenting 18% of uninformed citizens. However, three local developments have coincidentally come to transpire which would decisively be addressed by supporting this petition drive until it is voted into law come November, and resolving these prevalent issues at hand may potentially sway the dissenting opinion:
1.) The first and foremost reason is that South Dakota’s Prison System has maxed out it’s profitability for the state, and servants of the public’s interest are currently debating the cost effectiveness of imprisoning even more harmless citizens for petty offenses. 3 out of 5 citizens held in Minnehaha county jail today are still awaiting trial, and are unjustly held against their will due to the unaffordable costs of bail for non-violent offenses. Now is the ideal time to say: “NAY! WE DEMAND FREEDOM!” And a petition drive of this nature is a sublime way of making our statement loud and clear: “Enough is Enough!”
2.) Secondly, prisoners convicted of being in possession of one ounce or less of cannabis, or paraphernalia, are currently ostracized from society after serving their sentences, and are unable to find homes, which leads to more perpetual crime. Why are harmless marijuana users recklessly grouped together with actual transgressors against humanity: sex-offenders, rapists, domestic abusers, and meth dealers? Exercising our right to use any plant that sows seeds is ordained by God. Anybody convicted of possessing a natural substance, including cannabis, is ultimately a political prisoner, and have done nothing criminal according to thousands of years of human history.
3.) With the medical marijuana petition now circulating, and the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe’s recent decriminalization initiative, this additional referendum to decriminalize small amounts of the harmless plant cannabis will cement a permanent three-pronged base-camp for citizens to end the pointless drug war against marijuana once and for all — opening the floodgates on taxing this completely natural renewable resource as a commodity, and by doing so local governments would undoubtedly generate millions of dollars that could be spent on hiring more teachers, building new schools, and strengthening South Dakota’s lack luster education system. There is no excuse why South Dakota continuously struggles to find teachers to apply for teaching jobs due to low pay while Colorado has more cannabis-tax revenue allotted towards education than they know what to do with.
Hunter S. Thomson once wrote in regards to San Fransisco during the mid-60s:
“You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning… And that, I think, was the handle — that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply PREVAIL. There was no point in fighting — on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave… So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high water mark — that place where the wave finally broke, and rolled back.” – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
And now today that lost rouge wave has finally risen again — up past the Rocky Mountains, free-flowing it’s way past the Colorado foothills, down over the Badlands, breaking on-top of the Great Plains, flooding out into all the heartland, crashing through-out the Big Sioux River, and beyond. Once again those sparks of a new age are firing up; once again it has become pointless to fight our momentum as we ride on the crest of this reborn high and beautiful wave. Only this time there will be no breaking and rolling back at the gates of Las Vegas; this time we will ride straight into the Atlantic. Do not be betrayed by the skewed ideological beliefs of the Old and the Wicked, this movement is not, and will never be about getting high, it’s about re-storing America’s constitutional principles, re-building our once dominant economy, and reclaiming our technological superiority. And by hell or high water there is nothing that will stop this revolutionary wave on the millennials’ go around, not fire, not armies, not gold.