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Don't Pass Go, Don't Take Your Medicine!

When I went down to Bakersfield, California recently and asked my friends and family about the Pot culture there, it came as NO surprise to me that all of the clubs that had been opened over the last one or two years were already being targeted and shut down.  Seeing that Bakersfield is the most conservative county in all of California (check resources here) is the main reason this comes as no surprise.  As such, people who have been given the opportunity to use marijuana by their doctor will have to resort to going back to the grind of waiting on someone to pull through a deal and make them feel like drug addicts; doing something illegally that they feel they should have a right to do normally.

Now, I’m reading articles about the FEDS coming after the rest of the state pot clubs.  Dispensaries in San Diego and San Francisco have at this point, began receiving notices from major attorneys representing the United States explaining that the clubs have 45 days to close shop before they come through.

‘In an escalation of the ongoing conflict between the U.S. government and the nation’s burgeoning medical marijuana industry, at least 16 pot shops or their landlords received letters this week stating they are violating federal drug laws, even though medical marijuana is legal in California. The state’s four U.S. attorneys were scheduled Friday to announce a broader coordinated crackdown… They state that federal law “takes precedence over state law and applies regardless of the particular uses for which a dispensary is selling and distributing marijuana.”‘

Wow, so states can’t decide for themselves if it’s citizens should be able to smoke marijuana or grow marijuana for medicine?  How many more news features do we need to see about how good pot is for patients, for the economy, and for jobs growth?  Just alone in California, allowing pot clubs to stay open and thriving will help on these fronts.  Patients would be able to get the medicine that they have been prescribed by their doctor, who has obviously (hopefully) done research or read about the research of how much better it is as a natural drug over man-made pills.  It’s funny that we live in an age where these man-made prescription pills are legally accepted and endorsed by the same politicians (and doctors) who receive money for endorsing them.  I can’t believe the hypocrisy.

And now here comes Federal agents knocking down the door of my local pot club here in San Francisco sometime in the near future.  I wonder if it will ever come to pass at all, or if the federal government is just playing bullshit.  I guarantee that Californian’s will not stand by and let it happen… we almost passed a law last year to allow anyone over 21 to smoke marijuana when they want in the comfort of their own home… it is not going to swing the other way anytime soon, and ESPECIALLY not from some broken down federal government who hasn’t been getting laid at home and is coming over to our bed to try to get laid, but it’s rape I tell you!!! It’s rape!!!!

By: Darryn James

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Example of new cigarette packs in the U.S.

Example of new cigarette packs in the U.S.

 

About two weeks ago, I got really sick.  There are many reasons that I can list here as to how I could have gotten sick… but after going through the list, I felt that it was pretty pitiful, and decided to just say I got fucking sick.

So, my main things were coughing and runny nose.  And my body just rejected me every time I tried to smoke a cigarette.  Of course, I shouldn’t be smoking while on my death bed, but sometimes you just can’t help it when you were smoking as many as I was a day.  Each time I would light up, it would just be a straight 10 minutes of coughing.  I vowed during the end of my sickness to back the fuck off of smoking and figure out something else to do with my time.

Today, I’m smoking about 2-4 cigarettes a day, depending on how much I’m craving them/when they are available.  I’m getting a lot of support from my roommates, and I know it’s only got to be good to quit smoking anyway.  I just really like it… :-/ haha

And now, this new campaign comes out from the Federal Government to post pictures of dead and extremely disgusting smoking effects on cigarette packs… is pretty awesome.  I have a coworker who showed me a pack of cigarettes from another country, and they already had these pictures on there… I was pretty frightened, and it was a little fucked up, but hey… I think that’s what non-smokers think of me when I light up right next to their child.  Trust when I say, I’ve only done this in extreme circumstances, and by child I mean my cousins dog’s new liter… which was weird… I know.

So this is a good thing right?

The proposed requirements, characterized as the biggest change in tobacco health warnings in 25 years, include “nine new larger and more noticeable textual warning statements and color graphic images depicting the negative health consequences of smoking,” the release stated.”

Jesus, the biggest change in 25 years?  We must LOVE our smoking!

“Today, FDA takes a crucial step toward reducing the tremendous toll of illness and death caused by tobacco use by proposing to dramatically change how cigarette packages and advertising look in this country,” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said.

“When the rule takes effect, the health consequences of smoking will be obvious every time someone picks up a pack of cigarettes. … This is a concrete example of how FDA’s new responsibilities for tobacco product regulation can benefit the public’s health.”

Mathew L. Myers, the president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, called the proposed changes “the most significant change in U.S. cigarette warnings since they were first required in 1965.”

Wow, I wonder what the tobacco companies are gonna do?  With so much money invested in certain politicians, furthering their cause.  If no drastic changes have been made since 1965, how big are these giant tobacco companies and who did they fuck to get such swell treatment?

But David Howard, a spokesman for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., said the legality of requiring larger, graphic warnings on cigarette packages was already the subject of a lawsuit filed by the maker of Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes.

The suit alleges that the warnings violate the company’s First Amendment rights of commercial, free speech, Howard told CNN in a telephone interview. “Seizing half of our packaging, devaluing our trademarks, we’re challenging that,” he said.

I’m glad that you have your ducks in a row Howard.  Congratufuckinglations… weren’t you on ‘Thank You For Smoking’?… oh no, that was some other douchebag that gets paid to give people the opportunity to end another 6 minutes of their unfortunate lives… at least every time I go to smoke a cigarette, I’ll get to look at a reminder of the effects and will hopefully be influenced to just set the fucking pack down – back away from the fucking pack… dead people on it… people killed by Voldemort… and then I will run, run far away.

 

citing an article listed here: http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/10/cigarette.warnings/index.html?hpt=Sbin