Selection of Duhamel for South Dakota's legislature ends non-tribal cannabis
Gov. Kristi Noem has blocked industrial hemp from being grown in the state, but that’s not stopping Native Americans who can regulate their own hemp crops under the 2018 Farm Bill. Many tribes are drawn to hemp’s potential for bringing profits to communities that badly need it. They say that Noem’s resistance is giving them an advantage to getting into the market, even as it may complicate their ability to transport and sell it. [KNBN teevee]The Isanti Dakota Oyate or Flandreau Santee Sioux Nation has also taken steps to resume their cannabis operation.
With the selection of law enforcement industry patsy, Helene Duhamel to replace Alan Solano in South Dakota's legislature Gov. Noem has likely ended any chance of industrial cannabis (hemp) outside of the state's nine reservations. It's very brave, even progressive of Noem to give tribes a head start in America's budding cannabis industry.
A former chairman of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate is a tribal liaison for a cannabis development firm.
Tex Hall, the former chairman of the oil-rich Three Affiliated Tribes, and Robert Shepherd, former chairman of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate tribe in northeastern South Dakota and southeastern North Dakota, are trying to recruit and assist tribes in producing high-grade marijuana products. [Associated Press]South Dakota Secretary of Tribal Relations Dave Flute is a former chairman of the SWO.
Two tribes in occupied Wyoming are also pursuing futures in cannabis.
If the political will existed South Dakota's legislature could write a bill that would adopt legislation similar to Minnesota's medical cannabis law but worthy of Federal Drug Administration scrutiny where real medicine could be sold by pharmacies.