Attorney General Marty Jackley doesn’t want Indians growing pot. But he’s open to more research that could support legalization of marijuana for medical purposes.
In a press release issued yesterday, A.G. Jackley says he is urging the DEA and FDA to consider “an accelerated research and development process for marijuana derivatives.” The Attorney General’s office says we can have medical cannabis under three conditions:
Attorney General Jackley agrees and believes three important conditions must be satisfied for public health and safety reasons: 1) FDA approval for marijuana or one or more of the derivatives as a safe and effective drug; 2) A South Dakota doctor to prescribe the drug; and 3) A South Dakota pharmacist to dispense the drug [Attorney General Marty Jackley, press release, 2016.10.26].
This position sounds much like what A.G. Jackley said in 2014 on medical cannabis:
“If we are going to allow there to be a legalization of medical marijuana, we do it the right way. We include the physicians, we include the pharmacists, to make sure they’re comfortable with it and they have the ability and control in place so there isn’t abuse of marijuana,” Jackley said [Jared Ransom, “AG Jackley: Current SD Marijuana Laws ‘Strike Perfect Balance’,” KELO TV, 2014.05.14].
A.G. Jackley’s position also squares with mine: if medical experts say marijuana can help patients, and if medical practitioners are prescribing and dispensing the drug, then far be it from me—or, more importantly, the government—to stand in the way of the medicine doctors say their patients need.
So evidently (and this is a political point the GOP spin blog diligently ignores), support for medical marijuana is off the table as a campaign issue that Republicans can use to make Democrats sound like potheads, since, medically speaking, even Marty Jackley is going to pot.