On this 4/20 day of celebration, 50 years after I published “Cultivators Handbook”, I have a breakthrough organic cigarette concept to offer to the community. It could change the way people access and smoke organic tobacco (and maybe cannabis) and it is so simple it hurts.
I’ve figured out how to make and sell 100% USDA certified organic tobacco cigarettes, real cigarettes in every way, that will sell for less than half of what smokers are paying now for ordinary (and highly contaminated) name-brand factory smokes, and to do it in a way that completely eliminates Federal tobacco product regulation AND taxation.
There’s no interpretation of obscure regulations involved, no iffy jailhouse lawyer legalisms, no depending on the definition of what is, is – just a giant gaping loophole in Federal tobacco regulations that has been totally overlooked. This plan is dead simple and is 100% worked out – it doesn’t actually need much work or money to implement and it will be self-funding almost from launch. It will change the way people smoke Organic Tobacco (and CBD Cannabis too), and if done right it will get very big, very strong, very fast.
It will also cut the legs out from under the Tobacco Cartel, their silent partners the Feds, and their useful idiots the anti-tobacco, anti-everything moralists, who will all be helpless to stop it. That will be so much fun.
(Of course, I could be totally wrong here and making a fool of myself with this announcement – but I don’t think so and anyway I don’t care.)
I’ve managed to do this kind of thing before – twice in my life. So if I’m right this would be #3.
I’m pretty sure this is an idea whose time is right, right now. But also right now I’m almost 80 and probably don’t have enough time left, and certainly don’t have the energy or resources, to make this happen so this needs to be in younger hands. But only the right hands. So I’m putting out a call. Here’s the explanation, and the deal.
The entire concept depends on a single, simple breakthrough realization. An “aha” experience. It’s happened to me before.
It happened years ago and resulted in the Cultivators Handbook of Marijuana. It was 1968. Things were gnarly for many of my dope growing brothers and sisters. I was bummed and scared too. Then one day a friend helped me I realize I didn’t have to actually grow Marijuana anymore. I could write a book sharing what I had learned. So I did. It worked. Lots of people realized they could easily grow their own. Boy were the Feds pissed. It got way out of their control way fast. Grannies started growing.
It was so much fun to say – tough luck J. Edgar. The First Amendment rules.
Those were the days when FBI agents wore dirty jeans and T-Shirts and scruffy beards to the “Legalize Pot” and “Stop The War” rallies – although interestingly their black shoes were always shined, their manicures were always impeccable, and they never ever had BO.
Even so, they were dogged and clever and I made sure there were no incriminating photos of me or my friends growing the magic plant in the book; there was just one photo as I recall – an old-time Fed standing next to a 10’ Cannabis plant.
Cultivators Handbook was just a little 100 page hand-drawn, IBM Selectric Courier 12 typed out pamphlet, but between what I sold myself and all the bootleg and pirate copies worldwide I figure that little book may have helped a couple of million people gain at least a degree of freedom from legal, governmental and moralistic tyrannies. Power to the People, as we used to say. I still believe it.
I had the same thing happen when I created American Spirit and called the product “natural tobacco” – as it turned out, a whole new category. I had been growing my own organic tobacco for years. I had shared handrolls and pipes with a lot of different people who all liked it, a lot, and so I figured people who liked smoking would always choose organic tobacco if they could get it. I had been studying what the Tobacco Cartel had been doing with pesticides on tobacco since the late 1940s, and was sure that was (and is) what is killing cigarette smokers. I also knew we couldn’t even get started if we had to jump through the USDA and FDA hoops. I tried talking with them but they had never heard of anyone wanting to certify tobacco as organic, and certainly not tobacco from New Mexico, but they knew a threat when they saw one and they were not happy.
I knew I couldn’t make any claims about organic tobacco being a safer smoke than the Cartel’s DDT-drenched tobacco, which was and is solidly defended by the government, but in an “aha” moment I realized that the Feds couldn’t do anything about the fact that that the word “natural” called up certain very particular ideas and associations in people’s minds. The late 70s and early 80s were a time when “natural” was the word of the day. There was my old friend the First Amendment again – much as they want to, and try to, neither the government nor the moralists can control the meaning of words. Natural tobacco was a natural.
I knew then, even before computers, that words are the human user interface. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God.
That’s why the right to use language free from oppression is sacred. God speech. Gospel.
Sooo – I started the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company. That little word is still giving the Feds apoplexy, along the anti-tobacco legions descended all the way from King James. Tough. I figure that American Spirit Organic tobacco has helped a couple of million people enjoy higher quality lives. I’m happy.
This new concept is the exact same thing, only as I said I’m almost 80 now and I know I have to hand it off to others to see it happen.
This can be either a huge business or a major social justice non-profit. Or both. Either way, it would get far too big far too fast for me to handle even if I started it myself, but it sure could make a lot of money and help a lot people if done right, and I want to be sure it gets into the right hands.
It’s likely that only the first one through the door who executes correctly with this concept will benefit. There will be hell to pay – lots of fun – and anyway, that seems to be the way the Tobacco Cartel and the world governments like it. How many new organic tobacco cigarette companies do you see, although Japan Tobacco paid $6 Billion just for the rights to the name “American Spirit” a few years ago? Organic tobacco is already a huge business even though it is kept walled off from the rest of the Cartel’s properties. That should be a clue to what people want – but how many other organic American Spirits do you see? None. By the way, you see plenty of “Naturals”, but I’ve already explained that natural means what you want it to mean. Organic only means one thing.
So there may also be only one of what I am proposing, because there will be fierce opposition as soon as the first one appears, but one operation done right will be enough, and it would have to be grandfathered (or could be taken offshore) even if the relevant laws were changed.
If you want to help, or if you’re the one or the ones to make this happen, please make the effort to convince me. I don’t know if any, or how many people are going to make a run at this, but I am only going to share the concept the one person or group who I come to believe can make this happen in the right way for the right reasons. I am also reaching out through my personal ntwork but want to open this to serendipity so here’s my announcement to any and all.
If you’re the one, or the group, or the movement to take this and make it happen, then read my books, read my blog, and figure out what would convince me. I am not selling anything. I am looking for proposals.
Don’t call or message me – email. And please don’t expect a reply unless I want to go to stage two – having you talk with several people whose judgment about people I trust completely and show them why you’re the one to work with to make this happen.
If they say you’re the one, you’re the one.