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No “Marijuana Cigarettes” Will Not Go On Sale Worldwide In 2017, But There Is A Bigger Story Here

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Newport Cigarettes, one of the world’s most popular cigarette brands, announced that they will join the marijuana legalization trend and start producing marijuana cigarettes, or so it has been said. This story has been going around but doesn’t seem to actually be true.

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The company has not made a statement and the original source is a website called TMZworldNews which is a satire website. 

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Let me be the first to say that I think legalization is an important step in changing the stigma around cannabis; however, I think cannabis is still vastly misunderstood by many of us. Further, recreational use of marijuana is abused far more than most people are willing to admit.

Let’s use this opportunity to explore some of the serious elephant’s in the room we are overlooking when it comes to marijuana legalization.

Something To Think About

Firstly, cannabis can be used in many medicinal ways, when done correctly, to help with serious illness.
Example, this 3 year old had huge help with her seizures via cannabis oil. We also covered the very real scientific reasons to avoid smoking everyday, and this is partly why I’m writing this.

Now, I’m going to bring in what I’ve observed and intuitively feel is something we must be aware of when it comes to cannabis.

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I do not feel legalization is entirely a step in the right direction. Let me be clear, I’m not saying that the government shouldn’t legalize a plant from nature or that we should be stopped from doing what we like. I’m simply saying there are things here that we are turning a blind eye to, things that have the potential to eventually become issues given our current path.

First off, one thing not enough people are talking about is the increase in gang war and violent activity in Colorado as a result of the legalization of cannabis. Giving the option for so many people to grow cannabis has created even more competition, leading to growers raiding other growers and trying to ensure they have a high market share. It’s important to note that this is an issue of our states of mind (greed, power, etc.) and consciousness more than anything. It’s not cannabis legalization that’s causing the issues, it’s human consciousness. However, making the decision of legalization within an unconscious world is leading to the issues at hand.

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Let’s look at alcohol for a moment. Many people use the argument that if alcohol is legal even though it’s proven to be harmful, cannabis should be legal since it doesn’t cause any health issues. For the most part, I agree with this point, it seems absolutely crazy when you consider the reality that alcohol is legal and regulated given its disastrous effects on the human body, yet cannabis remains illegal.

At the same time, due to the state of our culture and humanity, both cannabis use and alcohol use can be very destructive. I have seen many recreational users, including people close to me, be greatly affected by recreational use that becomes an everyday occurrence. This is an addiction that can cause a number of issues and stops us from addressing our emotional challenges. Yet it’s seen as something that is entirely safe to do because marijuana is a natural plant. To add it it, due to the fact it affects the release of dopamine levels in the brain, long time users often have a hard time being happy without smoking.

It’s here where I think governments, corporations and so forth provide the product and then put their hands back and simply say, “Well, it’s up to the people to decide how they use it.” In many ways, they are technically right, but I believe that in a world where making money and profit overrules our desire to make sure our society is healthy and at peace, legalization only puts another vice out there in a more accessible and socially acceptable way.weed

The Problems With Legalization

This isn’t something we will have statistics on yet because it simply hasn’t been long enough, but I believe cannabis will create many problems like we see in Colorado as well as like what we see with alcohol but perhaps not as bad. We simply aren’t paying close enough attention to these issues yet.

We already know that for people under the age of 25, cannabis smoking effects the brain in negative ways. However, what is often not talked about in adults, is the over use, abuse and crutch that daily cannabis smoking is. It’s one thing to smoke from time to time at a party, but it’s entirely different to smoke every day, multiple times per week and so forth.

Now, I know this isn’t a popular idea or thing to talk about because it’s somewhat of a sore subject, but this is the crux of the issue. It sheds light on something that many of us don’t want to look at, which is the emotional pain we are running away from and covering up everyday using a number of vices – including cannabis. Don’t get me wrong, for those experiencing physical pain, cannabis is a different story, but I’m referring to a different type of pain.

We have a serious problem in our society when it comes to our emotional selves. We don’t know how to deal with our emotions, partially because we’re not taught how to properly deal with them, so they often get pushed aside. In exchange, we take on a number of addictions to modify our feelings (mainly through dopamine release) via alcohol, cannabis, sex addiction, social media addiction, etc. in order to deal with them.

The legalization of cannabis will also attract more users because it will become easier to obtain. So, if a person is having a bad day, week, month or are not sure how to deal with the emotional challenges they’re facing, another unhealthy vice can be used and it would be considered socially acceptable to do so.

Let me be clear, I do not think cannabis is evil, bad, or the problem entirely, I believe our mindsets and consciousness are. Since we live in a world where we are so out of touch with ourselves and not equipped with the tools to work through what we face daily, this is just giving us another thing to get lost in, create more problems and distract us from our real challenges.

That being said, I believe cannabis can be used as a healing herb to help many people, but it should be used as that and people should be educated about it properly. Most people aren’t even aware that isolating certain compounds in cannabis isn’t nearly as therapeutic as taking the whole plant. Further, smoking it offers little to no therapeutic value as it should be made into oil, eaten raw or juiced.

As a whole, our culture views cannabis as something safe and cool to do, to deny that would be naive. So, given the culture around it, we are not aware of the real problem it can create (along with many vices).

The Solution

I don’t think the issue is necessarily what we do entirely in the political and law realm, but more so in the education realm of the long-term effects of cannabis use, the ages at which it is safe and most importantly, equipping society with the tools to deal with our stresses, anxieties and emotional traumas without resorting to substance abuse. When an individual is feeling good, fulfilled and at peace, they aren’t likely to use these substances often, so we avoid these issues altogether. To me, that is what will produce a solid, evolving, peaceful society with a high quality of life.

Here are a few resources to help deal with some challenges that we might face in our everyday lives, that cause us to turn to vices like cannabis.

Depression – 1, 2, 3

Anxiety – 1, 2, 3

Stress – 1, 2, 3

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

Australian UFO study.

According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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  • The Facts:

    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

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    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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