Don't Like It? Move.
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This is bunk and Conzet should apologize. Telling residents who want to change a law in their own state that they should leave if they don't like the status quo is pretty cavalier and insensitive stuff. First off, with respect to the effectiveness of marijuana/cannabis it seems clear that some conditions are affected favorably by the drug, though the jury is still out when it comes to many others. On that basis I'm okay with legalizing it as medicine. Heck, there are plenty of drugs with a history of mixed success that are approved for sale in South Dakota and just about everywhere else. Adding cannabis to that list won't be a particularly noteworthy breakthrough.
Still, given the association between marijuana and other illegal drugs, I can understand the reluctance of our legislature to move forward with this bill. This year's effort definitely won't be the last, and in time I'm confident that South Dakota will get with the general program and join with the vast majority of other states by eventually legalizing medical pot. Actually, I have little doubt that we'll eventually go the Colorado route and legalize marijuana altogether. As to Conzet, her stern
The Stuff Makes You Healthy, Too?
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As a stakeholder in South Dakota, I certainly have no intention of leaving the state because I don't like the way certain things are handled. Despite legislators like Conzet, who have a fixation with the status quo, many South Dakotans understand that society is organic. Evolution persists. Just the same, opposing substantive changes is perfectly okay and natural. It's also a good way of putting those changes to a test. But condemning those who support them to self-banishment? No way. You don't resolve a debate by tossing out your adversaries.