Isn’t it kind of odd that we can grow and sell what is in many states an illegal product and yet we haven’t the “sovereign” ability to prosecute violent crimes?
Maybe it’s just me but I don’t see this as any kind of of boon for the nations – I think it will lead to an increase in crime and even more misery.
Alcohol surely has had a devastating affect on the nations and casinos haven’t been the revenue answer they were touted as. They have in fact led to other addictions, and for more than a few even a greater financial hardship.
I’ve heard all the arguments about selling alcohol on the rez, and now the same will be advanced for pot – in the end they speak to an ongoing assimilation where the nations embrace the worst of what “civilization” has to offer, suffer the consequences, and apparently either never make the connection or refuse to recognize it.
Personally I don’t care if a person smokes pot as long as they do it on their time – I really don’t care if a person drinks as long as they don’t get stupid about it or attempt to burden me in doing so, or create a hardship for others.
I don’t partake of either, nor do those I am surrounded by – that being the reality it is easy to see life is better for it…..nobody gets stupid and nobody does without.
Our “influence” as a demographic may be increasing depending on what metric you employ, but we are changing as a people at the same time.
Change is inevitable, all of history speaks to that – I think as a people we do ourselves and future generations a disservice by failing to be more selective in what we adopt and what we don’t.
We may not be on the gold standard but we certainly are on the money standard, and money as they say changes everything .
Changes that will deliver a positive impact or a negative one depending on the choices we make.
Now, do I think smoking pot leads to “reefer madness” as portrayed in an early movie of that name? No I don’t.
Do I think it can be addictive? Yes I do based on statements made to me by those who smoke pot – sometimes qualified as not being a physical addiction but a mental one.
I’ve known hard core drug addicts who say it all began with that first joint, that having tried pot they went on to try other things and that led to their downfall.
I can’t count the number of addicts and alcoholics I have known who said they thought they could “control” it – that they were too strong to become either an addict or an alcoholic.
So it seems to me there are associated risks, risks we may have the right to take as an adult – but we ought to care enough about our children to do our best to insure they don’t take an unnecessary risk and the environment they will live in will be a nurturing one.
Peyote has been part of ritualized ceremonies among the nations for probably longer than anyone can calculate, and while some may attempt to characterize that as we all ran around doing peyote on a daily basis that is far from the truth – and already I see comments being made where the rez will become the go to source for pot….that’s a damn shame in my opinion and sends the wrong message.
The only “addiction” I’m willing to entertain, the only thing I want to get high on is family, friends, the nations, and the traditions that have made us who we are.
Of interest to me will be to see which of those who promote themselves as leaders or claim their focus is on our youth will get behind this.
In the final analysis I believe this is an issue that will demonstrate who and how many last real Indians there really are.