Marijuana is a dirty drug. “Marijuana concentrates” (aka “THC extractions”), ranging up to 80% tetrahydrocannabinol, are even dirtier.

The primary psychoactive compound in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), has been directly linked to numerous mental and physiological health problems in users, particularly in children and youth. (Source: Smart Approaches to Marijuana, “Lessons Learned from Legalization of Marijuana in Four U.S. States and D.C., March 2018”).

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has further warned, “70% of today’s illicit drug users started with marijuana, not prescription drugs.”

The marijuana industry is comprised powerful big business enterprises, along with a thriving undercurrent of black market growers and dealers. Their goal is to maximize profits, at the expense of South Dakota citizens, by expanding their marijuana user base and promoting immoderate indulgence.

According to NBC News, “foreign cartels” are finding new profit streams by setting up “black-market marijuana” operations in states that have legalized cannabis. “Chinese, Cuban and Mexican drug rings have purchased or rented hundreds of homes and use human trafficking to bring inexperienced growers to the United States to tend them, federal and local officials say.” (Source: NBC News, May 29, 2018, “Foreign cartels embrace home-grown marijuana in pot-legal states”).

These foreign cartels are specifically targeting states that have already legalized marijuana “in an attempt to shroud their operations in our legal environment here and then take the marijuana outside of the state,” according to Mike Hartman, executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue, which regulates and licenses the cannabis industry.

Sheriff Bill Elder, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado, affirmed these trends, “While California and Washington have mainly seen organized criminals from China buying homes and converting them into grow houses, Colorado has largely been grappling with Cuban and Mexican-led cartels…. They have found that it’s easier to grow and process marijuana in Colorado, ship it throughout the United States, than it is to bring it from Mexico or Cuba.”

South Dakotans should reject the two November ballot initiatives that would open up our state to big money marijuana syndicates and the inevitable coat-tail expansion of black-market operations.

(11) comments

antiteaparty

"Keep marijuana illegal so I can keep selling highly addictive, dangerous, and profitable opiods!" - Bernie Hendricks, Pharmacist

Cobra

Of course this Pharmicist is bad mouthing something that helps millions of people. I guess big pharma opioids are the answer, right?

ClownsRus

Very funny! Mr. Hendricks quotes the old canard, “...illicit drug users started with marijuana, not prescription drugs.”

If he’s going to insist that correlation is causation, then why not outlaw aspirin? I’ll bet even more illicit drug users start out on this “dirty” drug before they come to Mr. Hendricks to fill their opioid prescriptions.

Larry Skow

Mr. Hendricks speaks the trueth. An don't blame him for the opoid problem. He didn't write the perscribtions. Since pot got legalized in colo. 1. The tax money hasn't benifited the citizens one bit.. 2. Homeless an crime has skyrocketed. The homeless camp in Denver xross from capital building was actually over ran with rats. Not the politician type either. As colo is democratically controlled an has been. The state is mess. They collect the pot money taxes in cash but they simply forgot to collect hundreds of millions in oil severance taxes over last 7-8 years. Medical pot has helped some people undoutably. But recreational pot has a VERY DARK SIDE. Trip to doctor they will ask if you are self medicating with pot since there are negative interactions with legal meds. True there long been history of illegal drugs in Yankton cty. Lot of money flows under the table in cash now. Legal pot will set the price of illegal--we see it at 50% of legal. Here in Colo local police don't care is illegal grow house next to you. Simply don't care an generally wont help you do anything to remove it. There has been grow houses so infested with mold the roofs an walls outside turn black with mold the buildings had to be tore down.. If you legalize pot the politicians will fall in love with the tax money. The cash does flow for sure. And your dark side of society will grow. It will drive your wages lower---an S. Dakota stuggles now with lo wages. Your crime will go up. More panhandlers on street corners. By the way they don't donate any cash to the church. Have fun with legal pot it coming at some point feds will legalize an tax it as well. If you stay stoned you wont march in the street for changes.

chromedome42

Stay ignorant Bernie, stay ignorant. I am sure our governor has a place in her cabinet for you. Let's keep South Dakota in the 20th century for ever.

ClownsRus

Very funny! Mr. Hendricks quotes the old canard, “...illicit drug users started with marijuana, not prescription drugs.”

If he’s going to insist that correlation is causation, then why not outlaw aspirin? I’ll bet even more drug users start out on this “dirty” drug before they come to Mr. Hendricks to fill their legal, “clean” opioid prescriptions pushed by Big Pharma.

ClownsRus

It’s funny. I posted the first version of this comment yesterday, but it hadn’t shown up by the time I posted the second version today. Did someone fail to show up for work at the Press & Dakotan today. What gives?

Larry Skow

One can tell who the smokers/Tokers an jokers are in the bunch

chromedome42

Larry, if you are so intelligent that you can discern people's drug use by their posts, why can't you spell or at least use spell check?

Cobra

.....and he people who actually understand the benefits Larry. The truth shall set you free my friend.

Larry Skow

Chromedome, I am sorry my errors bother you. But look at the facts. drug use is tearing the fabric of this country apart. It costs business huge sums of money for D/A testing. Average preemployment test is $150. It done because Insurance companys mandate it. IF one has MSA with client they mandate it on who you hire. Usually passing one means higher wages. You figure out the benefits to making more money for your family. Drug use means higher crime in community/higher number of panhandlers in community. Hasn't Yankton had several violent crimes of late? Think all those perpetrators were in straight frame of mind? One item to note an you can check it out. States that have legal pot have clause in workers comp that if you make a claim due to injury-- mandatory drug test. You don't fool the hair test---bald on head---They will get the 150 hairs needed from somewhere. If positive your benefits will be reduced or denied! That effects your family. The failed tests still cost the business. It can get staggering the number of people sent in an fail. One has to make up that lost money some how. Raise cost of goods/services or cut wages. Proven fact states that have legal pot. Wages are coming down. Some companys quit testing an offer lower wages. As they are protected by workers comp claim. It is a at least I filled the spot attitude. More people that go on welfare drags the rest of us down. We are running out of money for these programs. Root cause? Drug use in the mix somewhere----Usually--not always. It just a simple fact. Drug use is tearing the country apart--Is booze any better? Not really I never claimed that. .All the smokers/tokers an jokers puff away I could care less. Also one last item Medical pot is not a cure all either. It is like any other perscription drug some it works fine an helps some it doesn't. I have seen it help on cancer patients. I have personally brought some back for long time friend in Yankton suffering from cancer. I ran the risk of bringing it back. And I would do it again if needed in a heartbeat for him. It helped him he got thru it an doesn't need it any more. Hope it stays that way as his life was he@#. One will likely never get rid of recreational drugs It just has a tremendous dark side. Legal or illegal it is dance with the devil you will lose on. That all I said. So Chromedome I hope I spelled everything right. An if I didn't no one is perfect ---ride with it.

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