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POT IS BETTER THAN CIGARETTES

Pot Smoking Better for Your Lungs Than Cigarettes
Pot smokers have been claiming it for years, from the hemp-necklaced throngs at Phish concerts to the vaporizing-intellectuals of the Upper West Side. And now there’s a study to prove it. Smoking pot is better than smoking tobacco—and it might even improve your lung capacity.
Conducted by the University of Alabama Birmingham and U.C.–San Francisco, the study followed more than 5,000 people for 20 years, in part due to a growing interest in medicinal uses for the Schedule 1 drug. Results, now published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggest that FEV and FVC, the amount lungs can draw in and exhale respectively, was not impacted negatively by toking up. In fact, sometimes smoking marijuana improved lung capacity. Reason? NPR lays it out:
“That may be due in part to the stretching involved in the deep tokes typical of marijuana use.”
Deep tokes, folks. But where’s the bad news, you ask? There is some. If you have lived more than 10 “joint years,” aka a joint a day for a decade, and smoked pot more than 20 times a month, your lung capacity decreased. Of course, not smoking anything is no doubt much better for you. But potheads, you can dust off that giant bong now if you want to.

SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE AND CANNABIS

The largest cash crop in America is cannabis, and the second leading business after the military industrial complex. It is the excuse used by so many to maintain the lie that cannot be supported anymore, as this lie will bring us all down.
The founding fathers wanted a secular government and created the separation of church and state, offering freedom to peoples who had been too long denied any equality.  I cannot tolerate someone telling me how their, religious beliefs are better than mine or that believing in a Creator or not would make me a better or worse citizen than the next.
Let’s face it, want an argument then find any two individuals and let them discuss religion politely, almost impossible.
Politicians today are throwing religion into the campaigns and instead of enlightening the citizenry, what is coming out or their mouths is divisive and intolerable from a constitutional point of view.  This should have been settled two centuries ago but with the rise of orthodoxy in many religions demanding current life in scripture millennia old interpretations, the few zealots are shouting down the majority.
Look at the doomsday rhetoric, and how easy it is for any of us to fall prey to superstitions. Let us say the Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world, well what world is the Mayan calendar predicting to end?  After every end there is a beginning, and for the Mayans it will be the fifth world.  The celestial bodies will align and what has happened historically celestially before as witnesses by the ancients may repeat again in the heavens.
Now smoking is a ritual and ritual falls under the heading of religion in our constitution.  The state has taken control of tobacco, which has always traditionally been used in rituals since the beginning of time.  Right there the rights were removed when the government wanted a piece of the tobacco action.  Like gambling, the government got involved in controlling gambling from horseracing to lotteries.  The government seizure of these industries whether for the good or the bad of society is an open question.  What is not in doubt the government wanted to profit share.
Seventy years later the policy of creating cannabis as an illegal substance after the millennia of proof to its ritual and medicinal purposes remains an outrage.  Cannabis should have no interference from the government.  It should be put back into the control of the people who are mature enough, smart enough, and good enough to judge for themselves what is good or not good.
So let it be said now and for the record, Cannabis should be separated from commercial interests of the government and in so doing the government will once again restore and correct the wrong path it set itself upon years ago.
It is time to separate Church, State, and Cannabis.

LAWMAKERS Want FDA To Ban Flavored Cigars

MDC says, “Knock it off, leave flavored tobacco alone.” 
Strawberry, watermellon, vanilla and chocolate. We’re not talking ice cream or sorbet.
These are cigar flavorings. And U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and four of his Democratic colleagues want the Food and Drug Administration to ban them. They say flavored cigars “attract kids to smoking and help hook them on this addictive product.”
The senators — Brown, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut — wrote to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg on Thursday. They noted that Congress in 2009 gave the federal agency authority to regulate tobacco products and their flavorings.
But the FDA has not used that authority on cigars. 
The Department of Health and Human Services indicated in July that it would issue such a regulation in October, according to the senators. But no regulation followed.
Since the October deadline, “an estimated 2 billion cigars, cigarellos, and little cigars have been sold without appropriate regulation,” the senators’ letter said.
Look for the cigar industry to fight back. The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association is already lobbying for a bill that would exempt “traditional large and premium cigars” from FDA regulation. The bill has 134 House cosponsors, including Ohio Republicans Steve Chabot of Cincinnati, Bob Gibbs of Holmes County, Bill Johnson of Marietta — and Democrat Tim Ryan of Niles.

MAYOR BLOOMBERG WANTS WORLD TO STOP SMOKING

Mayor Bloomberg declared in a 12-minute address to a special session of the United Nations General Assembly dealing with the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.
Mayor Bloomberg called for a worldwide offensive approach against smoking in his speech to the United Nations, where he urged delegates to follow the city’s lead in taking on global tobacco corporations.
Bloomberg says, ” the tobacco industry is an evil enterprise out to hook the poor before government can respond with stricter smoking laws, leading to wholesale deaths.” 
Bloomberg continues to install fear, ” 7.5 million deaths tied to smoking by the end of the decade, with 80% clustered in poor countries where tobacco giants use marketing briskly.”
Most of the mayor’s remarks were focused on what NYC has done to improve health outcomes and how those efforts can serve as blueprints for governments around the world.
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