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This week, our favorite cigar-smoking Texan gets back into politics, while cigar makers get serious about battling potential FDA regulation. Plus, we have several brand new cigars for you to try—or give as presents!


 

 

 

Kinky Friedman Runs for Texas Ag Commissioner

Country artist, crime novelist and cigar aficionado Kinky Friedman wasn’t really taken seriously when he ran for the office of Texas Governor a few years ago, but that didn’t stop him from throwing his cowboy hat into the ring again. This time, he’s running for Texas Agriculture Commissioner—on a platform of legalizing marijuana.

Several states have already taken steps toward making the use of marijuana legal, in some cases for medicinal use only, but most of them are in decidedly liberal-leaning areas. Why would a candidate for office in bright-red Texas run on such a controversial issue?

While the Kinkster has been known to tell a joke or two, this time he’s serious about reforming the way the hemp industry and marijuana in particular are handled. “I’m dead serious about this run and about pushing for legalization,” he told the Houston Press. “Marijuana is at the heart of a crucial matrix that, if we can get it straightened out and in motion, will become a great economic engine we can use to solve some of the biggest problems we face as a state. It’s time Texans asked themselves: Are we going to secede or are we going to lead?”

Friedman made some good points about how too many minority youth are incarcerated and left with a criminal record due to minor arrests for smoking marijuana. He related several stories from a Sheriff about how users of weed are punished more severely than those who abuse other substances, like alcohol.

“He also told me that he has to go somewhere nearly every night and stop some guy who’s had ten beers or four whiskeys from beating his wife, and that just doesn’t happen with marijuana smokers. The only thing a marijuana smoker is likely to beat up is a bag of Doritos.”

Not surprisingly, Friedman’s old pal Willie Nelson is an early supporter of his campaign.

Fuente Family Debuts Casa Cuba Cigar



It’s been quite a while since the Fuente family launched a new cigar—1995, to be exact. That’s when the Fuente Fuente OpusX was introduced. Now there’s a new Fuente cigar on the market, but only in limited quantities. Made in the Dominican Republic by Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia, the Casa Cuba combines a mix of Cuban-seed Dominican filler and binder, with Ecuador Havana wrappers. Casa Cubas are available in four sizes named after Cuban dominoes, and are being sold at select tobacconists in boxes of 30. Prices are $8.75 to $10 each.

Cigar Industry Ready to Lobby Against More Regulations

The good news this year was that Congress failed to pass any new taxes or regulations on tobacco. Of course, they basically  failed to do much of anything, period, but we do have to be wary of what might happen in 2014. That’s why the cigar industry is ramping up lobbying efforts against more restrictive regulations.

A group of 15 cigar manufacturers has formed the Small Business Cigar Coalition and hired the firm of Alston & Bird to lobby Congress on matters pertaining to the regulation of tobacco products.

Hopefully, those lobbyists will be able to get more attention than Jeff Borysiewicz and the signers of the petition he filed back in 2012. Borysiewicz is the owner of Corona Cigar Co. of Orlando, Florida, and he filed his petition to President Obama requesting that the POTUS order the FDA not to regulate handmade premium cigars. Here’s the text of the petition:

“Dear Mr. President:
The FDA is considering the creation of regulations for the premium cigar industry. These regulations will jeopardize over 85,000 American jobs, destroy America’s ‘mom and pop’ premium cigar retailers and manufacturers, and risk over 250,000 jobs in Latin America that produce cigars, impacting the economic/political stability in the region.
We hope you will stand up for small businesses that dot Main Street America and recognize that premium cigars are enjoyed by adults, are not addictive, and therefore do not conform to the Congressional intent of the Family Smoking Prevention & Tobacco Control Act.
Tell the FDA to leave our premium cigars alone. With this nation’s more pressing issues, harming my simple ability to enjoy a cigar should not be a priority of the government.”

That was 19 months ago, and while 39,000 interested citizens signed the petition in 30 days, there has been no response so far from the White House.

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