For 13 weeks we have sent a letter once a week to every legislator. The content of these letters has been available to anyone on Earth with internet service.
We have proposed the repeal of the So. Dak. statute making
cannabis possession a crime and prescribing penalties for graduations in
weight of the product.
So. Dak. legislators have said they wouldn't do that. They have not given a reason.
We have proposed that the legislature inform the courts that
they need to allow evidence of "medical necessity" under the common law
precept that one may violate a law in order to prevent a greater harm
than the violation itself.
So. Dak. legislators have said they understand that cannabis is
a valid remedy for at least some adverse medical conditions. None has
offered to help change the law--to allow people accused of possession of
"marijuana" to tell the court of their experience, and to present other
evidence of medical benefit.
No one has suggested that SoDakNORML has erred in its presentation of the facts.
No one has suggested that current "drug" policy is anything but
a failure. No one has taken offense to our assertion that So. Dak.
"drug" law serves no one except (1) those making a living from selling
"drugs" and (2) those making a living hunting down and prosecuting
people for possession or sale of "drugs."
No one seems to be repeating Rep. Roger Hunt's assertion of a
few years ago, "Anyone who tells you there's medical marijuana is
No one disagrees that So. Dak. law enforcement filed 82402
arrests for possession of "marijuana" since 1999. That number is equal
to 10% of the population of South Dakota. No one bothered to answer our
question: For what?
In short, SoDakNORML has not heard or read any disagreement
with any evidence we've presented. It's all here, in the series of
letters in the right column of this page.
Do you think that would be true if we were asking to repeal
laws against assault, burglary, robbery, DUI, rape or murder? "Crimes"
create victims. Cannabis use does not.
No one has even bothered to take offense at our assertion that
to fail to disallow The State from making criminals of people who use
cannabis to alleviate their medical condition is active egregious
We've proposed a law that no legislator should fear to support because
it is so obviously the right thing to do. And we doubt, at the moment,
that we will see any legislator offer to support it.
So long for now,
P.S. You might want to sign a petition or two at https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/.
Specifically, this one to remove cannabis from the Controlled
Substances Act, and to allow the states to regulate cannabis as they
choose, is 2nd in popularity: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petitions/popular/0/2/0/
The White House promises to"review" and "take appropriate action" on those which get enough signatures.