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Why Do So Many Seniors Fear Cannabis?

nofearxPeople in the Cannabis business know that people over 65 are perhaps the largest untapped market for their Cannabis goods and services, and their resistance is legendary, even in states where Cannabis is legal for both their medical, spiritual, creative, and sensual needs. And all over the US adults are trying to convince their aging parents to try Cannabis for some of the simple but terrible ills that plague their lives, but without success. It’s fear that is holding them back, and they have been made afraid deliberately.

Whether you’re in the Cannabis business, or you’re a concerned son or daughter, or maybe both, here’s why I think it is going to be hard to reach many of these older people with conventional thinking. Please leave a comment or send me an email with your thoughts and experiences.

People in their early 50’s today were toddlers just as the War On Drugs machine went into action. People who are in their 70s today were those kid’s parents.

The War On Drugs worked through the schools by design, so parents and children in the 1970s were continuously subjected to the best behavior modification and propaganda techniques that tax money could buy, which continues quite pathetically today. And speaking of schools, who can forget Nancy Reagan and her screeching “Just Say No” contribution to the WOD of the 1980s. Those poor kids! Those poor parents!

The fear messages proved so effective in the 70s that they have been continually updated decade by decade ever since. Who can forget Crack in the Ghettos? Meth in the Hollers? And now, ta da, Heroin In The Burbs!

But wait! There’s something brand new that will really scare the shit out of you if drugs in the streets don’t do the job. Now we’re giving you Terrorism and Security to worry about. So just like parents in the 70s and 80s and onward permitted – no, insisted – on body searches and blood tests for drugs to keep their kids safe, they are now insisting on total surveillance of every school, to keep the kids safe.

Is the War on Terror any different than the War On Drugs? Well, the actual number of kids per year being killed by strangers, much less terrorists, in schools around the country has never ever been even close to the number of kids killed at home, nor in car wrecks. But using exactly the same “Assassin of Youth” fear tactics that proved so successful in terrorizing people for the War On Drugs, the War On Terror now has bombers and shooters lurking everywhere, and enough crazies are rising to the occasion, that American parents are in full-on fear. They are demanding universal surveillance and armed police in every school. And who can deny them – obviously America is under attack from obscure outside forces who will stop at nothing to destroy the American way of life. So giving up huge chunks of the American way of life in order to protect it from terrorists has once again been sold to the gullible public. And of course American entrepreneurs are ready and able to rise to the challenge of providing 100% security for everyone, and especially for the children.

So, with all this manipulation at every level for decades of their lives, is it any wonder that so many Seniors are, shall we say, leery of Cannabis?

Their raw numbers are huge, any way you cut it. Even segments of the potential, but non-responsive over-65 market for Cannabis products & services are huge. 43 million people live at home with full-time caretakers. That’s some 86 million people in 43 million households living with intense health issues hands-on, day after day.

Many of the things making life most difficult for these 43 million old, sick people and their 43 million caregivers, could be alleviated and even cured in some cases by judicious use of the right Cannabis strains, whether used as beverages, tonics, and foods or as medications, but often best taken by a puff or two of a beautiful Cannabis flower.

My wife and I cared for both our Mothers Laurie and Elizabeth for many years in our home, and we held Elizabeth’s hands when she died. I was also a single parent of a toddler son for years, so I understand what it takes to give care to another person. But I also had to learn to respect the personhood that remains strong even in someone who is growing older and sicker and further from life day after day, over many years, and not to make them feel helpless with my caregiving. Caregiving can be easily consumed with tasks that must be performed by all caregivers, many of them associated with small breakdowns of the body. For so many millions of older people at least some of these little but vastly debilitating health issues like sleep, appetite and mood, don’t have to happen as long as the caregivers, and those cared for, are able to understand the truth about Cannabis as a natural medicine, and also understood the truth about the healing power of pleasure and how Cannabis can give important parts of life back to them.

So why don’t they? Why are people over 65 the age group filled with people who are most resistant to Cannabis for healing medicine, let alone healing pleasure.

We all also know that almost all people over 65 have some level of daily pain, some trouble sleeping, some gut issues, and other conditions that copious amounts of pharmaceuticals aren’t helping, and in the Cannabis industry we know that the right strain of Cannabis used in the right way could treat and even help heal older people suffering in these ways.

The really short answer is – fear. But that fear is many-sided, and can’t be dismissed, or made illegitimate, or over-ridden, or even reasoned with or cleverly avoided by Cannabis growers and manufacturers that want to reach a nice-sized segment of these 100 Million and more fearful Seniors.

As we all know fear gets expressed in a lot of ways, but here are some of the most common ways that millions of Seniors express their fear of Cannabis.

My doctor will think I’m crazy for asking and might turn me in

The federal government still forbids it

It is against my religious beliefs. God forbids it

I don’t know anything about medical marijuana and I don’t want to look foolish

I’m afraid I’ll become addicted

My doctor will find out when they test my blood

I’m afraid I’ll fall

Only addicts and criminals use marijuana

I’m not convinced about marijuana’s medical usefulness

Each of these fears, and all the others so carefully planted and nurtured over decades, can best be addressed with love, compassion and careful questioning and listening. If you are in the Cannabis business, you will have to also address fears like these effectively in order to be successful with seniors. That will also require love, compassion and careful listening on the part of your company if you want to understand and address the largely unrecognized needs of this diverse, suffering group of people.

But if an older person who you love lives near you, and you live where medical Cannabis is legal, and if they are resistant, why not spend a little extra time thinking about why they are fearful. As you know, older people express fear in different ways. Think of what you can do to help them overcome that fear, which only they can do for themselves but which is a lot easier if you have someone you love helping and caring. It may be that one of the finest gifts you can offer to an older person you love would be to help them decide to bring pure, natural Cannabis Flowers into their life, to share a place alongside aspirin in the medicine chest and organic Tea in the pantry.

Some effective pain relief, at least a little better appetite, a little better sleep for sure, more fun listening to music, and more vivid dreams and memories.

From a simple flower? A gift.

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The Heroin/Opioid Stampede

@ 12,000 Heroin Deaths Per Year

                        @ 12,000 Heroin Deaths Per Year

Congratulations are pouring in to the East Liverpool, Ohio PD for publicizing photos of adults passed out from a possible Heroin overdose with a (gasp) innocent little kid sitting in back of the car. The chief of the department is getting a lot of air time talking about the horrors his small town is suffering from the Heroin epidemic, and how helpless he is to fight it.

You have to respect this cop. He is clearly trying to do his job.

Still – I have to wonder how many people die each year in East Liverpool, Ohio from Alcohol and Cigarettes? I wonder how many kids are given cancer by their smoking parents? I wonder how many kids are beaten up by drunk parents? I wonder how many wives are abused by drunk husbands? I wonder how many Diabetics die, and how many obese people suffer and grow ill far too young

My guess is that the numbers of dead from alcohol and cigarettes (and metabolic disease and obesity) in East Liverpool are pretty much like those around the country – the real killers are so commonplace that nobody cares, but let a few unfortunate victims of Weaponized Heroin show up and it’s time to panic.

@ 88,000 alcohol deaths per year

                        @ 88,000 alcohol deaths per year

I’m sure that the Ohio police chief really believes what he is saying, but if his town’s priority is saving human life from products that kill then along with just about everyone else in this country he is being manipulated into a panic designed to create a stampede.

That stampede could be turned and stopped before it reaches the abyss by the simple abolition of all laws on the Federal level regulating the private cultivation and use of all natural drugs. Eliminate the regulations; eliminate the regulators; eliminate the corruption; and take the pain industry away from the international criminal cartel called Big Pharma.

Fortunately all that doesn’t have to happen on the Federal level IF one or more of the states that have already expressed their independence from Federal oppression on Cannabis legalization will take the next steps necessary to sever all powers of the Feds to regulate the Cannabis industry within their state borders, or in any communications, banking or other kind of network within the borders of the state, then we’ll know that the end is near for the War on Drugs. State’s rights must extend to the freedom to declare independence from abhorrent Federal regulation within the borders of any State. The freedom to grow your own ANYTHING is a fundamental freedom that any civilized society must acknowledge. Who will be first State to force the Federal tyranny off the backs of its citizens?

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Our Very Own Turd World Economy

turdchartx100 million Americans without work? No problem.

Because if you are one of these people you gotta understand – your role is not to work; it is to not work.

Do not work. Got it? And just to make sure you get the message, in case you go looking for it, you aren’t going to find any.

So – chill. And keep your eyes on the screen.

You see, silly rabbit, only by having a Hundred Million people like you (and me) not working is it possible erect huge institutions that employ millions of certified-loyal people to work the system designed to “take care” of you and me.

That system wouldn’t be possible, or necessary, if there were still thousands of productive, growing communities linked together in a network of shared responsibilities and opportunities in America, but that era is over and gone, unless we can somehow reconstruct it. Otherwise it is already sold off, moved out, gone away, so long suckers. Shit happened while you were looking the other way. Here’s a picture of what happened. Nasty looking stuff there at the end, isn’t it?

Well, that’s how it is. Now everything is centralized because Americans have been deliberately left with no other choice – the decentralized network of productive communities that once supported at least a working version of America is gone, except for a few holdout communities. The rest has simply turned to shit.

So, we just have to accept that centralized institutions are there to do everything from feeding us and housing and educating us, to arresting and imprisoning us, to making us sick and then “healing” us only to make us sick again, to keeping us poor with taxes and fines and surcharges, and then finally discarding us when we are husks. All of this takes a lot of institutional jobs in government, banks, schools, military and other “predator class” institutions

And those who work for these predatory institutions do hold on tight to their jobs. Increasingly and of course by design these are the only good-paying jobs available. So people employed by predatory institutions will do whatever it takes to anybody the institution targets – er, serves – to keep their job because they KNOW what not having a job means in America today.

100 Million people not working in the US? That simply means that there are more than 100 Million people working at high-paid jobs to “take care” of those 100 Million not working. And please, I do agree that society needs institutions like firefighters and health clinics but the basic reason that institutions exist is because most people need groups, and wherever there is a group there will be someone, or more than likely several contenders trying to organize the milling throng to serve their personal agenda.

So can we agree that the predator class and its institutions have to keep the non-workers alive and moving around because in addition to their principal job of “not working” they have a very important, in fact absolutely crucial second role as “Consumer”? I think this is a psychic phenomenon that someday will be recorded as a breaking point in American history – the predator class propagandists and mind-control artists have 100 million non-workers proudly calling themselves Consumers, and demanding their rights as Consumers. Exquisite!

Now this sweet little state of affairs didn’t just happen.

The only way to create to massive numbers of people not working is to make their jobs disappear along with their community structures and then to make them dependent on those working to take care of them – and to do all this without creating a revolution. Luckily for the predator class, the behavioral psychology discoveries that exploded simultaneously with mass media in America made it almost easy to accomplish the hollowing out of America in plain view of an entire people being transfixed and programmed while the predators were stealing their jobs, their communities, and their families.

So as long as the 100 million Americans who are not working can be kept focused on their consumer benefits and rights rather than asking where the hell their country went, then then all’s good with the predator class and its governments, churches and banks. Hell, we even keep feeding the institutions with our children while they leer in our face and declare that everything they do is “for the children”.

So, all’s good as long as all the important institutions, government, corporate, religious and social, manage to stay on top of those 100 Million who don’t work and keep them all not only not working but damn proud to be an American.

Those institutions have to make sure that all 100 million people keep on doing all the things that create institutional jobs – speeding, stealing, fighting, having babies, getting high, hating and injuring, and making life miserable for each other. All good. Makes lots of jobs. Just the way it’s supposed to be. There is a balance and as long as the balance holds the rulers rule.

On the other hand, an awful lot of mostly young people did seem to get excited about the ideas of a craggy old Senator from Vermont recently, so maybe the grip of the predator class and its ruling institutions on 100 million Americans isn’t quite as complete as they would no doubt like it to be. I still have some hope for all of us.


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Weaponized Heroin Part 2 – Trust The People

grannyxLongstanding tradition says that writers have to lay out the problem before presenting the solution, but in the case of Weaponized Heroin in particular, and the War on Drugs in general, I think I’ll just put my simplistic little solution on the table first and then describe the problem as I see it.

Trust The People

Admittedly this is a ridiculously oversimplified solution in response to the very complex problem of illegal drugs that ordinary people simply can’t understand.

But how about this?

Revoke all criminalization statutes and cease policing natural drugs immediately and withdraw all laws prohibiting individual cultivation and consumption of all natural drugs.

If people want to abuse those natural drugs, which everyone ought to freely admit can happen, then simply let them, with social institutions like recovery centers standing by to help if they want it.

And if they want to grow these drugs as natural medicines and treat and heal themselves or others with Cannabis, or Coca Leaf, or Opium, then stay out of their lives if you can’t be helpful!

Society lets people drink too much alcohol and suck down lethal food so if people want to smoke way too much Cannabis or zone out on poppy juice from their garden then fucking let them. Getting High is at the core of American values like it or not. Handling the consequences of this kind of behavior will cost society a hell of a lot less than having hundreds of layers of police and parasites feeding on “illegal” drug users.

Give licenses to grow, along with a full pardon, to anyone who has ever been convicted of any non-violent drug “crime”. We’ll talk reparations later. Meanwhile leave people free to grow and sell natural Opium, Cannabis or Coca Leaf – no pills, no extracts – and then leave every peaceful citizen the fuck alone.

Let all Americans grow and use and sell their own Cannabis, Opium and Coca, and let the economic power unleashed by that new liberty flourish. You will see a nationwide economic transformation with the kind of localized people-power that the legal Cannabis movement has begun to reveal.

The minute that Police in every form disappear from the lives of people who are using or growing drugs and natural medicines and are otherwise minding their own business, and the minute that the law tells people everywhere in the country that they are free to grow their own pleasure drugs and natural medicines, that is the exact minute when the usefulness of Weaponized Heroin and other Weaponized drugs will begin to erode as a long-term military strategy for devastation, hollowing-out, and ultimately the conquest of this country.

So now let’s talk about that “Weaponized Heroin” problem a little more.

The problem is that Weaponized Heroin isn’t a “Drug Problem”; it’s a military attack.

Weaponized Heroin is being used as a prime component of a simple, 100% deniable long-term military, economic and social domination strategy. This strategy seems to emanate from one of two sources – Chinese military planners applying lessons learned from the Opium Wars to Vietnam, or, equally possible, as a stealth weapon in the hands of wealthy eugenics freaks within the global ruling classes to clear out genetic defectives and make America beautiful again. Or maybe there are other possibilities – but let’s go with the military option, which seems most likely to me, although the Eugenics freaks have been active and well-funded for centuries.

I have to start with the idea that America’s “War On Drugs” was and is a deliberately created distraction designed to cover a huge range of endemic government incompetence and corruption. John Ehrlichman, one of two of Nixon’s prime architects of the WOD, admitted exactly that near the end of his life. And while the thugs who operate the War On Drugs use just about every kind of killing/maiming weapon available, the weapon they have consistently used most effectively against their real adversary, the American people, is propaganda.

With that in mind, let’s look at the images that are evoked by the words War On Drugs media managers are currently pounding into the heads of anyone distracted enough from reality to be watching one of the screens planted in their heads and not really listening for the clear intent behind the choice of words.


The first images that most people will see in their minds when they hear or read “Heroin” are a quick, dim collage of hypodermics, burned spoons, bubbling gummy black stuff, injection, and slack-jawed death in dirty alleys. And lots of black people.

Of course now the mental horror show programming includes white powder and designer pills, and it is beginning to include dead white kids and suburban Moms, to heighten the impact of the message. And then of course we can’t forget those highly useful, quite dead, unfortunately addicted, thank you for your service, homeless Veterans. God bless America.

So with all those images bouncing amorphously around the word Heroin, scaring the shit out of the listener in micro-seconds, the mind is now prepared to receive the rest of the message:


OMG! Epidemic! Shit – that’s fucking dangerous!

More dim images swirl around. Human masses. Everyone sick and dying. Crying. Thin. Snotty noses. Somewhere far away. Horrible. Flies! Dirt. Tents. Brown people. Black people. Everyone dying. Invisible disease. No medicine. Hopeless.

Now the images and thoughts really begin flowing together. “Heroin Epidemic!” What an idea! Could hit anyone. Could hit my kid. Hooked. Prostitution. Poverty. Violence. Frightening. Do something! Kill the pushers – yeah. Philippine guy knows what he’s doing. Bastard Pushers. Mostly Mexicans too. Addicting decent people. Damn rapists too. Killing’s not good enough.

Heroin & Epidemic – whew! That’s a pretty powerful set of images you got swirling around inside your head there pardner.

Let me try out another phrase.

Weaponized Heroin.

Just substitute “Weaponized” for “Epidemic”.

If anything could be worse than an Epidemic it’s a great big Weapon that can kill lots and lots of people. All weapons are designed to kill. Drones and  and IEDs and gas and nukes – all damn scary.

But if Weaponized Heroin was as obvious as a couple of dozen nukes going off across America, or a few tons of anthrax or Sarin released at the Super Bowl, or any of the other shit that Dr. Evils have been dreaming up for years, then people might realize that we are under attack.

But the reaction to Weaponized Heroin seems to be “Holy Shit, those asshole pushers are putting elephant trank in their Heroin now – must be trying to give addicts a better high”.

We are not seeing a Heroin or Opioid epidemic, we are seeing a well-disguised attack using weaponized Heroin and other weaponized drugs – and NOT the natural drugs Cannabis, Coca Leaf and Opium, by the way – to wage war on what the enemy sees as undeserving people (that would be Americans) occupying waaaay too much really nice land and water (that would be from sea to shining sea).

Oh, and let’s not forget the “Opioid Epidemic”. The WOD media management guys try to include “Opioid” as much as possible in their “news” because those are the orders, but “Opioid” just isn’t that effective for evoking scary images. It sounds like an alien race – look out for the Opioids! Or maybe just a more severe class of hemorrhoids. “Man, when you got the Opioids you can’t sit down at all!”

Besides not being a very sexy word, I am sure that an amazing number of sponsors of the “news” have hinted to the editors who control the talking heads that everybody should soft-pedal the pills and push the needle. So I am sure the WOD media guys are relieved that they’ve got “Heroin” to work with – a proven hot word.

“We’re going with Heroin Epidemic! Double the budget!”

In trying to grasp the military reality of weaponized Heroin I find it helpful to visualize invisible chemical clouds hanging over hundreds of cities and towns, put in place by a stealthy enemy who has gone undetected while his secret weapon has created mysterious destruction everywhere. That does a better job for me of saying “It’s a fucking attack!” than simply visualizing millions of individuals with pills, white powder and needles who are having an increasingly serious drug problem with fortified Heroin.

The really clever thing about this secret weapon, this weaponized Heroin, is that it has been carried in and placed throughout America by simple profit seekers doing business with single-minded pleasure-seekers. The oldest form of human transaction. What a weapons delivery system! Top that, “Defense Department”.

Cheap, powerful highs are always welcome on the streets of America, and most other places in our society, truth be told. It’s one of the things that others know about us and are able to exploit because we are so institutionally committed to denial of the simple fact that lots of people like to get high and in today’s America that is an overwhelming majority of people because the misery of living is so broad and deep.

So what we’re seeing is actually just an updated version of the same strategy used by the Chinese in Vietnam, and before that by the British in China, who saw that a single vulnerability would allow them to control an entire population, which they went ahead and did with great success in every case. And of course Karma being what it is, that is precisely where the Chinese military idea comes from for using Weaponized Heroin not simply against an invading army, but against an entire population of people who happen to be sitting on the most desirable piece of real estate on Earth.

And the only effective answer to this threat, quite ironically considering that this is America, is in my opinion to trust the People.

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Weaponized Heroin & Schedule 1 Cannabis

chinawhiteFlash Update – news reports of huge spike in heroin deaths in American inner-cities due to the heroin being laced with elephant tranquilizer. Now where in the world would anyone get enough elephant tranquilizer to lace whole shipments of heroin? I suppose it would have to be somewhere where there were lots of elephants needing to be tranquilized on a regular basis. Like SE Asia maybe?

End of flash update – back to the original blog.

Drug War media managers are succeeding in sending the public ballistic over the so-called epidemic of cheap, often fortified Heroin that has somehow, magically become easily available almost anywhere in America.

Virtually every “news” story on the subject is overtly based on the premise that this Heroin epidemic is a brand new threat, like something we’ve never seen before. Of course that means we have to double-down with the War on Drugs, so no re-scheduling of Cannabis right now. Hell, we got a war to fight! American kids are dying! Good, solid, white middle class kids! We’ll get to your goddam Cannabis when we’re good and ready.

Don’t you think it’s odd, or maybe not, that the media haven’t connected this current situation with what happened in Vietnam in the late 1960s when cheap, pure, high-octane Heroin suddenly, almost magically became available to American soldiers in every bar and on every street corner in Vietnam.

It just “turned up”. One day all the GI’s had was brown shit and then -poof!- every hand in Vietnam seemed to be holding out cheap little bags of sparkling white crystals.

It’s no secret that US units were routinely 50% addicted. Returning home as fully addicted Heroin addicts with zero support, nobody should have been surprised that so many of these Veterans quickly fell through the cracks, became street addicts, and perished. The Chinese military strategy remained effective even after the war on the streets of America.

That cheap, potent Heroin made available everywhere in Vietnam was weaponized-grade, especially developed by Chinese military for use against the enemy. That would be us. They had seen the tactic used with great success by the British in the “Opium Wars”, so in Vietnam they were merely, but brilliantly turning around an old idea.

It was a brilliant success mostly by accident because the Chinese couldn’t have predicted how much those American soldiers would love that cheap Heroin. After all, the British had to force most Chinese to become addicts. It was probably a real surprise to the Chinese military that so many American GIs just grabbed their cheap China White and ran into the nearest corner to get high without any urging.

So probably almost by accident with this one strategy alone the Chinese managed to destroy much of the fighting effectiveness of US forces in Vietnam. In fact, I believe that Chinese weaponized Heroin was probably one of the major contributors to the US defeat, and I am quite sure that the Chinese strategic thinkers have not forgotten what they learned.

Because all you have to do is to fast forward a few decades to see that the strategy is still working. All of today’s commentators, including all of the drug establishment like the DEA, are going on compliant media and complaining “where oh where is all this cheap, high-potency Heroin on the streets of America coming from?” Duh.

My bet is that the Chinese military figures that hollowing out American society from the inside with cheap, super-potent drugs is a pretty good strategy, especially since they can do it without triggering a military response, and their enemies will actually pay to be destroyed. After all, what is the US going to do – launch an ICBM strike on the poppy fields of Southeast China? What a weapons system – sure beats anything the US “defense” industry is able to come up with.

Of course it’s not just Heroin that the Chinese military is launching against the Americans – now that they can see how well they are doing they are loading up both barrels with cheap Fentanyl, cheap Meth, and just about anything else that Americans will happily ingest as long as it’s cheap enough and they can get really high.

And in the face of these mortal threats the DEA merrily rolls along ruling that Cannabis must remain a Schedule 1 drug because there’s no medical evidence of its efficacy. Look Mom – we’re fighting drugs. They’re trying to hold on to their bloated salaries and pensions is what they’re trying to do. Because it’s evident that the US leadership is no more capable of fighting this current use of weaponized Heroin effectively than US leadership was in Vietnam.

And, just like the Brass in Vietnam, since they can’t figure out what to do about it they keep the lid on tight and put on sideshows for the tightly-controlled press and pray that nobody will find out how ineffectual they really are. And so far that plan seems to be working beautifully. I mean, you don’t hear a lot of discussion of weaponized Heroin and how it’s being used, do you?

Bottom line – the Chinese are making a big show of high-tech weapons, and they seem to be making scoffers eat their scoffs, but their real ace in the hole is the fact that a lot of Americans just can’t resist a cheap high. And their weaponized Heroin strategy is working fine thanks in no small part to the American War on Drugs that keeps Americans locked in such a self-destructive cycle that even a truly existential threat this obvious doesn’t appear to register. 


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Nobody Cares – The G7 Death Machine

In 1998 RJ Reynolds filed an appeal against a ruling by the North Carolina Department of Environment & Natural Resources that the Department, after years of doing so, would no longer classify the waste tobacco RJR uses to manufacture its cigarette products as ‘solid waste’ in order to take advantage of tax breaks for ‘disposing of solid waste in environmentally sound fashion”.

RJ Reynolds argument was that since it was taking this waste and manufacturing it into cigarettes it was disposing of it in a way that qualified it for tax breaks

The case number is no. COA01-74 in the North Carolina Court of Appeals filed: 19 February 2002. For the full text of COA01-74

Aside from the preposterous idea that RJ Reynolds was disposing of millions of pounds of waste by making it into cigarettes and selling it to smokers and therefore deserved a tax break for being good environmental stewards, the summary of this lawsuit reveals information about how RJ Reynolds manufactures its cigarette products that ought to give any cigarette smoker pause to realize what suckers they are being made into by this literally insane corporate giant.

Here are a few excerpts from the proceedings. Anyone suspecting that these examples have been “cherry picked” is welcome to review the entire document and judge for themselves.

Does This Look Like Tobacco Leaf To You?

Does This Look Like Tobacco Leaf To You?

“In manufacturing tobacco products, Reynolds buys tobacco leaves at auction. The tobacco is sent to a stemmery, where the stems (hard, woody part of the leaf) are separated from the lamina portion of the leaf (material in between the stems). The separation process also generates small scraps of tobacco (scraps) and very fine scraps of tobacco (dust). The usable tobacco lamina material is sent to the manufacturing operation where it is blended and processed into cigarettes.”

“The stems, scraps and dust are packed into containers and sent to a storage facility until they are either processed into reconstituted sheet tobacco, through a process known as the G-7 process, or are discarded. The reconstituted sheet tobacco is shredded and blended with the processed lamina strips and made into filler for cigarettes. The reconstituted tobacco filler is part of most brands of cigarettes made by Reynolds, and enables cigarettes to be made with lower tar and nicotine content which has been demanded by smoking consumers.”

“Reynolds uses approximately seventy million pounds of tobacco stems, scrap and dust each year in making reconstituted sheet tobacco. Reynolds also disposes of between five and seven million pounds of tobacco waste materials in landfills each year. This material is of a lower quality than the stems, scrap and dust used in the G-7 process; much of it is generated by the manufacturing process, rather than the stemmery, though some tobacco waste generated by the stemmery is also disposed of.”

“In order to keep up with its production requirements for reconstituted tobacco, Reynolds imports tobacco stems purchased overseas. Reynolds sells reconstituted tobacco to other manufacturers of tobacco products, and manufactures reconstituted sheet tobacco for other tobacco manufacturers, using stems, scraps and dust supplied by them. One of Reynolds’ witnesses testified that even if there were no tax incentives for recycling and resource recovery of or from solid waste, Reynolds would still operate the G-7 process because of its cost-effectiveness.”

 While its bad enough that this cynical giant corporation wants tax breaks for selling waste to its customers, what isn’t revealed here is that the waste is toxic. That single sentence “In order to keep up with its production requirements for reconstituted tobacco, Reynolds imports tobacco stems purchased overseas” holds the clue.

 When you look at where RJ Reynolds buys its tons of waste overseas you find that it is coming from countries that have absolutely no regulations on pesticide and other toxic chemicals used routinely on tobacco crops. This means that the waste that RJ Reynolds is putting in “most brands of cigarettes” contains residue of agricultural chemicals so dangerous to human health that are totally banned for use on any crop in the US. These chemicals, and not authentic tobacco, are what is killing smokers worldwide.

These chemicals are known carcinogens, they are known to destroy nervous systems, and they are known to produce deformed babies, among their other irrefutable effects on people.

Furthermore, carefully-done research studies show that many of these pesticides are far more dangerous to children, young women, Hispanics and African-Americans that they are to white males.

RJ Reynolds and other similarly ethically-challenged manufacturers could choose to make their cigarettes from pure tobacco leaf grown in the US if they chose to do so.

The reason the industry chooses to make its products with toxic waste instead of leaf Tobacco is because it is so damned profitable to do so, and because nobody cares.

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You Don’t Even Get Your 2 Cents Worth

Picture 061Not if you or someone you care about is a cigarette smoker. A little math will make that point very clear.

Let’s say that a certain Tobacco company named Good Ole Baccy pays growers $4/Pound for absolute top grade leaf tobacco. Actually the Industry has paid growers less than $2/lb. for their best tobacco for many years, but we’ll be more generous with growers than they are and call it $4.00/lb.

There are 448 grams in One Pound, and an average cigarette weighs about one gram, so lets say the Good Ole Baccy company gets 448 cigarettes out of each pound of the leaf they buy. That means that the 100% natural tobacco leaf in each of GOB’s cigarettes is costing them less than one cent – $4.00 a pound divided by 448 cigarettes a pound = $0.00892857 per cigarette.

And that’s if they are paying the farmers $4.00 a pound. Since they are probably like every other “Tobacco” company who, if they do buy a little leaf, pay no more than $2.00, the real COG for GOB’s 100% tobacco leaf would be $0.004464, or less than 1/2 penny per cigarette.

But lets say GOB is a generous company and pays $4 a pound. That means that $0.01 is GOB’s “Cost of Goods” for each 100% Tobacco leaf cigarette, allowing for costs like the cigarette tube and shrinkage, and a pro-rated part of the packaging costs.

OK – we all know what a pack of premium cigarettes sells for, especially what it would be if the manufacturer were claiming that their product is actual leaf tobacco, which by the way none of them do. A few claim “natural” tobacco, but as I pointed out elsewhere, that can be any part of the plant, including the waste, scrap, roots etc. And as long as the cigarette is 100% reprocessed tobacco waste it can be called 100% Tobacco, can’t it? And if its Tobacco waste well, isn’t that perfectly natural too?

But Good Ole Baccy is run by good old folks, and they use strictly Tobacco leaf in their cigarettes. We can be sure that doesn’t really cause them a lot of financial pain, because with a pack of cigarettes retailing for $7-$10 and more, even after accounting for all the taxes that every level of government attaches to that pack of cigarettes, and even after backing off all other “costs” like advertising and R&D, and with a Tobacco cost of @$0.01 per cigarette for 100% real tobacco leaf, the Good Ole Baccy company is making out pretty good for Good Ole Boys owners at a probable NET profit of at least $0.10 – $0.15 per cigarette.

You would think that the Good Ole Boys all over the “Tobacco” industry would be happy with the profits from selling billions of cigarettes where the tobacco costs them even a whole penny or so and gives them a net profit, using the best possible tobacco leaf, well above $0.10 – $0.15 or more per cigarette.

But no. The Good Ole Boys running the “Tobacco” industry aren’t like that. The massive amounts of easy money this industry has pumped out for decades has generated its own self-sustaining cloud of insanity, and the entire industry is afflicted. As with many forms of insanity, few of those who control this industry realize their insanity, and all those around them are themselves delusional or insane so in combination with the wealth and power they control they meet virtually no resistance to their activities.

And believe me, nobody in the industry is satisfied with a COG of $0.01 per cigarette when you can get those costs way down below that, which is one of the reasons why there is no “Good Ole ‘Baccy” company and you will not see anyone in the industry claiming they are making and selling any cigarettes made from real tobacco leaf anytime soon. I wonder how big a bonus would be paid to any industry chemist who figured out how to shave 1/100 of a penny per cigarette off the COG of a brand. The math is breathtaking.

The industry wants that COG-per-cigarette to be well under $0.005 per cigarette, and for most manufacturers of most brands that is easily achievable, because most cigarettes are made from are the absolute cheapest cellulosic waste substances that can be obtained, processed using secret chemical recipes into something resembling Tobacco when smoked – as long as you don’t know what real tobacco tastes, smalls and smokes like.

Think about the kind of people who operate behind the shadows in an industry that could choose to make real 100% premium Tobacco leaf cigarettes for a penny or two, and sell billions of them for net profits ten or twenty times that, but who are simply too greedy to do so.

They are so far gone in their corporate insanity that they are driven to extract every last extra 1/100 of a penny from every smoker in the world by creating products that pump their own manufacturing waste into the lungs of their customers so that they can claim environmental tax credits for not taking that waste to the dump.

If that isn’t insanity, what is? Yet that’s exactly what one of the “goodest” of the Good Ole Boys tried to do until a judge stopped them. See my upcoming blog post – “RJR and the G7 Process” with links to the full court case and testimony.

So that’s my 2 Cents worth about the “Tobacco” industry for today.