With multiple different cannabis bills by both Democrats and Republicans working through committees in congress right now, home growers and freedom fighters need to be on our game. The fact that neither of these parties have ever demonstrated any interest in ensuring the right to grow your own is obvious in past, state level actions. In fact, both political parties, the vast majority of the industry, celebrities looking at the industry, and even non-grower, non-activist members of the community have shown either a complete ignorance to the forces aligning against homegrower rights or, are part of those forces. As federal policy changes take shape, we can expect the same strategy of axing homegrower rights in the bargaining process that we encounter so often at the state/local level. In states that homegrower rights are protected to one extent or another, those rights will almost assuredly be jeopardized during the negotiations over federal-level changes. And in places that do not have homegrow clauses already, if federal law passes excluding/prohibiting it, chances are that will be the case for a very long time. So far as I can tell, homegrower rights, if not included in original laws, are never enacted later, and I see no reason to think that changes to federal law would be any different. Please stand up for our rights as this next chapter in the cannabis story is written. Anyone looking to become active in this freedom fight can reach out to us and we will attempt to get info regarding what actions are needed, as well as when and where where they are needed to you. Good luck!
Once again the lawmakers in South Dakota are running roughshod over the will of the voters in regards to cannabis. In 2020, the citizens of South Dakota passed a ballot initiative legalizing cannabis, including home grower rights. The governor instantly brought it to a halt by challenging the state constitutionality of it, thereby tying it up in court for years to come. The claim was that it violated the states “single issue” clause of the state constitution. Well, setbacks based on bullshit are nothing new to the cannabis community, and activists went right back to it. A new initiative was written that avoided the issue used to hang the previous one up in court. In a chicken shit move called adopt and amend, the state legislature is in the process of a move that is becoming standard operating procedure in some states; Adopt citizen ballot measures and initiatives, then amend them to suite their desires. This always means stripping language protecting homegrowers, as well as a litany of other moves used to ensure that the big monied corporate pirates, and increasingly their prohibitionist investors are going to be the primary recipients of the benefits of new laws. If you live in South Dakota and are registered to vote, you are urgently needed to help gather enough signatures to put a real legalization initiative on the ballot. The organization SDBML (South Dakotans For Better Marijuana Laws) has until November 8th to collect 16,961 valid signatures to get true legalization on the 2022 ballot.
We have seen time and time again that if Homegrower rights are not included from the start, they will never be. And even if you include those rights in the initial law, it will always be a target from both prohibitionist and big cannabis, two things that are starting to look way to similar. If we, as Homegrowers don’t unite and fight, we will be served up as sacrifice. The time is now to state loud and clear: THERE IS NO LEGALIZATION WITHOUT THE RIGHT TO GROW YOUR OWN CANNABIS, ON YOUR OWN LAND, PERIOD. Please click the link below to volunteer.