South Dakota Has Reform Regression


If it was not already apparent, I have been trying to stop being such an entitled, ungrateful bastard and start thinking more about the discontinuity of marijuana legislation over the entirety of the United States instead of just my freewheeling home state of California. Part of that increased awareness is thanks to what I do in research here at The Smoking Bud, and another part is that I have been motivated to think internationally and transcontinentally because of a recent addition to my stable

See, I have been fortunate enough to circle the globe many times in international exploits and merrymaking, but have a clear lack of exposure outside of a handful of states here in the U.S. While I can be proud of how rad California is, hardly knowing anything more than capital cities in other states is sad. Though, when considering how low the acceptance of liberal ideas in states like South Dakota — which decided burning a fresh crop of marijuana on tribal land was the best course in order to avoid federal repercussions — is, maybe I can remove a few spots from the list.

The tribe's decision is especially saddening since we were only just getting excited about the change of tide there with the idea of a weed resort. The Badlands, Blackhills, and Mount Rushmore: forgive my ignorance, but South Dakota fails to offer many other reasons to stop, seeing some of the most impoverished counties (*coincidentally*, Indian reservations) in the nation is not much of a draw. 

Now, though, I am enlightened by the fact that there is reason to avoid South Dakota completely, even if you do not plan to imbibe anything illicit there. Read the following and see if you catch my drift:

“South Dakota law prohibits the internal and physical possession, distribution, and manufacture of marijuana by: (1) all non-Indian persons anywhere in South Dakota including within Indian country; (2) all persons, including tribal members, outside of Indian Country.”

That bit about internal possession? The Weed Blog sums it up nicely:

"Someone who legally smokes marijuana in Colorado and then drives across the prairie to South Dakota can be charged with the crime of having smoked marijuana elsewhere. It’s the same for medical marijuana patients in states bordering South Dakota. Someone who holds a Minnesota or Montana medical marijuana card, uses his medicine, and then travels to South Dakota can be charged with the crime of having medicated where it is legal."

Yes, I think South Dakota is getting written off the itinerary until they pull their heads out of their collective ass.