South Dakota Cannabis Backers See Hope in North Dakota Vote
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Medical marijuana supporters who came up empty at the South Dakota Legislature and ballot box are emboldened to try again after an overwhelming vote in North Dakota to make cannabis available to patients there.
Backers of the South Dakota effort hope to soon gather enough signatures to put the question on the November 2018 ballot after the strong showing last fall in North Dakota, where 64 percent of voters supported a similar plan.
“If North Dakota can pass it at that great of a margin, I’m absolutely positive South Dakota can also,” said Melissa Mentele, founder and director of the group advancing the measure. “It definitely looks good for us.”
New Approach South Dakota’s proposal would allow patients with serious medical conditions and a health practitioner’s recommendation to use marijuana. Qualifying patients – such as people with cancer, AIDS and hepatitis C – would be able to get a registration card to possess up to 3 ounces of the plant. The group also plans to pursue a recreational marijuana initiative.
Now Robots Want to Take Marijuana Trimmers’ Jobs
Sitting down with a pair of shears in front of a fresh-cut pound of cannabis, pruning scraggly flowers into beautiful, saleable marijuana buds isn’t just a gig for “trimmigrants” to take up in between stops on the festie circuit—it’s a legitimate job.
It takes learned and skilled hands to remove fan leaves and other unwanted scraps from cannabis flower—vital labor for the marijuana industry, which is treating this once-seasonal gig as full-time work. Some year-round, legal marijuana farms pay trimmers $18 an hour or more, with benefits.
And as the demand for cannabis grows to tens of billions of dollars, demand for reliable and skilled cannabis-trimming is certain to grow. But this is 2017. And marijuana and Silicon Valley share many of the same values, including the regrettable ones.
So, naturally, robots are trying to steal this job away from humans.
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