Tuesday (Oct. 12) I presented the case, at invitation, for Measure 13 to a group calling itself the So. Dak. Conservative Party at the Eagles Lodge in Rapid City. Pharmacist Jo Prang was there, invited to oppose me. It was a luncheon. I had a hot turkey sandwich with peas. Pretty good.
Among those in the audience were Bill Napoli, Rep. Don Kopp, Sen. Dennis Schmidt, and Rep. Phil Jensen. 34 people showed up.
I made my standard pitch that it is inhumane to jail people for using medicine that works to alleviate their suffering. Ms. Prang said some fantastic things.
She said that nine out of ten patients who try cannabis for their illness “don’t like it.” Her implication is that those who do “like” it should be punished for liking it. She might have also been implying that Measure 13 would force the others to use cannabis.
She said that Mike Tyson is crazy because he used marijuana and a prescription drug at the same time. Funny, I always thought it was because huge men hit him in the head as hard as they could repeatedly.
She said that MS patients who use cannabis to alleviate their pain and spasms sometimes commit suicide. I think she was implying that those who escape self-execution should be jailed.
At the end, moderator Napoli conducted a ballot of those present, first asking if anyone had changed his position since arriving. No hands were raised. The tally was 22 opposed to allowing sick people the full range of palliatives available, 12 in favor. At least four of those 12 were there because I asked them to come.
Tonight, the Newland-Prang show moves to National American University Auditorium, near the jail in downtown Rapid City. 7:00. Don’t be late! It’s FREE!