indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+ indianz.com on soundcloud
phone: 202 630 8439
The University of Tulsa College of Law - Master's in Indian Law
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
Lakota Country Times: Laced marijuana finds its way to Pine Ridge

Filed Under: Health | Law | National
More on: drugs, ihs, lakota country times, marijuana, oglala sioux, south dakota
     
   

Synthetic cannabinoids, often marketed with labels like "Spice" and "K2," have been deemed illegal in many jurisdictions due to their harmful health impacts. Photo by U.S. Marine Corps

Laced Marijuana Hits Pine Ridge Streets
By Brandon Ecoffey
Lakota Country Times Editor
www.lakotacountrytimes.com

PINE RIDGE – On the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation more and more tribal-citizens are coming up ill after unknowingly smoking marijuana that has been laced with other drugs.

Last month, an elderly community member had to be rushed to the hospital after it was discovered that she had been up for more than three days and was displaying symptoms consistent with a heart attack.

After an investigation by the family into what led up to their mother’s condition it was determined that she had consumed marijuana that had been laced with the synthetic drug Spice. Spice, as well as other synthetic cannabinoids like K-2, have been marketed as an alternative to marijuana but are chemically different and provide users with a high similar to methamphetamine or PCP.

Although the use marijuana for medicinal purposes is legal in 28-states, South Dakota has voted down attempts to legalize medical marijuana before and the plant remains illegal across the Oglala Lakota Nation.

The community member had previously used marijuana to treat an arthritic condition, but when her supply of high grade cannabis ran out, she sent a family member to purchase “a few joints” locally. The marijuana that was brought back to her had apparently been laced with Spice. Consumption of the synthetic marijuana led to an allergic reaction that landed the subject in the hospital where she is currently recovering.

John Mousseau, founder of the security agency Canksa’ Yuha and a former tribal police officer, said that there are starting to be more and more instances of people unknowingly smoking laced marijuana.

“They have been doing it for a while here,” said Mousseau. “They lace it with Spice, meth, or other chemicals to get people addicted and increase profit,” he said.


Visit the Lakota Country Times and subscribe today

Mousseau says that from what he has seen he believes that the marijuana is not being tainted locally but that it arrives on the reservation already containing the foreign substances.

“There has been weed captured while being transported by police and subjected to field tests where it has been determined to have other drugs on it,” he said.

Nurses at Indian Health Service have stated that there have been multiple patients who have come to the emergency room under the influence of drugs like methamphetamine, but have these same patients have stated that they only remembered smoking marijuana.

(Contact Brandon Ecoffey at editor@lakotacountrytimes.com)

Find the award-winning Lakota Country Times on the Internet, Facebook and Twitter and download the new Lakota Country Times app today.


Copyright © Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:
On Facebook

On Twitter

On Google+

On SoundCloud
Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe blasts Trump claim of 'constant contact' (2/24)
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe calls out Trump 'lies' on Dakota Access (2/24)
Native Sun News Today: Pine Ridge residents worried about water (2/24)
Editorial: Shutting down Whiteclay won't address our addictions (2/24)
Ivan Star Comes Out: Indigenous people still struggle in America (2/24)
Steve Russell: To all the indigenous writers being born out there (2/24)
Connecticut tribes plan to announce site for potential new casino (2/24)
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe slams Trump for lack of consultation (2/23)
Native Sun News Today: Tribes asked to participate in 'land grab' (2/23)
Mark Trahant: A victory on Indian health from Washington state (2/23)
James Giago Davies: We've become too proud of our ignorance (2/23)
Cronkite News: Plant closure impacts Hopi and Navajo workers (2/23)
Peter d'Errico: Book is yet another in series of genocide deniers (2/23)
Tanya Lee: Republicans run amok as America focuses on Trump (2/23)
Radio show host in Montana calls Indian basketball fans 'unruly' (2/23)
Congressman who was advocate for Indian Country passes on (2/23)
Yakama Nation debuts hotel as part of $90M casino expansion (2/23)
Meskwaki Tribe ordered to pay damages for incident at casino (2/23)
Indian Country joins legal push to block Dakota Access Pipeline (2/22)
Dakota Access offers up March 6 as earliest date for completion (2/22)
Trump administration opposes injunction against Dakota Access (2/22)
Trump team puts hold on pro-tribal Dakota Access legal opinion (2/22)
Arne Vainio: Finding some medicine in the woods and by the fire (2/22)
Wyoming tribes lose major ruling in reservation boundary case (2/22)
Native Sun News Today: #NoDAPL campsites see their final days (2/22)
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Dakota Access is everything wrong with US (2/22)
United Keetoowah Band interested in pursuing casino in Georgia (2/22)
Kalispel Tribe announces $20M casino expansion in Washington (2/22)
Bureau of Indian Affairs still failing on online security measures (2/21)
Mary Annette Pember: Indigenous people can't ever back down (2/21)
Harold Monteau: Democrats to blame for President Donald Trump (2/21)
Tohono O'odham Nation leaders share concerns about border wall (2/21)
Pacific Northwest tribes finally rebury remains of Kennewick Man (2/21)
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe affirms election results after recount (2/21)
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe hopes to see return of casino business (2/21)
Bureau of Indian Affairs confirms Wilton Rancheria casino in trust (2/21)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.