WOW. How did anyone miss this?
I was poking around on the Dem’s website looking a topic to write on, and found their set of resolutions from the 2016 Democrat State Convention:
Of course, as you might expect, there’s the usual stuff mixed in with flights of fancy. A state holiday for ACT testing, because someone doesn’t want to get up early on a Saturday like the rest of the students. Demanding an ethics commission (but omitting anything about publicly funded campaigns), following our Congressional delegation’s lead on IHS funding, expanding medicaid, supporting the legalization of marijuana…..
Wait, what!?! The South Dakota Democrat Party actually adopted a resolution calling for treating pot like alcohol because “existing South Dakota marijuana laws violate the commitment to meeting every individual’s basic human rights to promote respect for diverse lifestyles and viewpoints and to live in a community without fear of discrimination.”
Who’s “diverse lifestyle” do South Dakota Democrats think is being cramped & discriminated against? Potheads and drug dealers?
It’s been demonstrated that marijuana supporters could not garner the necessary number of petition signatures to put even the medical marijuana measure on the South Dakota ballot, which is a measure that could arguably have broader appeal, if it wasn’t for the fact that the “illness” rate goes up when such measures pass.
But supporting wholesale legalization is another story. That puts people such as Paula Hawks and Jay Williams as the face of a party that wants to put pot stores on main streets in every little town in South Dakota, regulating it “in a manner similar to that of alcohol.”
Such a move might garner the Democrat Party the support of those drug-using diverse lifestyle practitioners who’s support they may be seeking. But it’s going to cement the impression that modern South Dakota Democrats are a bunch of out-of-touch liberal hippies who have no relation to most South Dakota voters.
Update already! I had an observant reader suggest I google the name of the resolution author…. and let’s just say it was interesting:
Police arrested Paul and Kristina McSweeney last night, after discovering what they believe to be a growing operation in a storage area in their garage. The call initially came in as a family offense, but when police entered the home they got suspicious.