Hey everybody. Yes, I haven’t updated in a looooong time. It’s been a bumpy year but an exciting one as well for Herbalaxation.
Awesome New All-Naturals
First off, I’m super excited about the all-natural blends coming on the market. At first it seemed that the all naturals were going to be a big fail, BUT I’m very encouraged by the appearance of products like Maui Wowie, an all-natural product that we have had great feedback on. And by feedback, I mean reorders – not reviews. Remember, money talks, right? So if people are re-ordering Maui Wowie, that’s a whole lot of talking.
It’s been fairly clear to us for a while that synthetic products will eventually completely disappear, perhaps by the end of the year, but who knows? In the meantime, natural blends just keep getting better and better. We really like the direction the industry is going in.
They Fought the Law and the law…
Meanwhile, states continue to crack down on synthetic products. This is expected. After all, what government entity can resist yet another way to confiscate cash and assets? However, we feel certain that many raids are not simply about opportunities to confiscate. There is a lot of ignorance out there about what is legal and what is not. The logical consequence of breaking the law is, of course, trouble with the law in all its various forms.
Speaking of trouble with the law, I was quite surprised to read about this seizure occurring in Louisiana. Why so surprised, you ask? Anyone in this industry who is still selling any chemically treated product in Louisiana is really asking for it. Not only is Louisiana one of the most corrupt states in this nation, but it’s also one of the strictest states in the nation as it relates to any chemically treated leafy product. In fact, Louisiana has a statute in place that takes money seized by law enforcement and then directs it to….law enforcement. No, silly. Not cash payments – the money goes toward equipment buys and increased staffing levels, I understand.
What happens if the money was seized erroneously, you ask? Like what happened to that stripper in Nebraska? That poor girl had to get a FEDERAL judge to make them give her money back, even though it was honestly come by. By stripping. Hey, it’s her body. I would not be surprised if she had to go through multiple stages to get her money back. It was seized in 2012. She may even have had to negotiate. It happens all the time. If your money is seized even erroneously (ie you’re innocent) you then must negotiate with the state to see how much of it you’re getting back. Yes. You have to negotiate with the state to see how much of YOUR OWN MONEY you will be allowed to keep. And one tactic they like to take is ‘let us have the whole amount or we’ll press charges for this that or the other’. Does that sound fair or honest? That resembles a little something that I…and many others…like to call blackmail.
Apparently this girl wasn’t willing to negotiate and why should she?
I suppose it’s not smart to travel cross country with $1 million in your trunk. So many things could happen. However, it’s not illegal. Not like what the Nebraska state patrol did. Ooops, that wasn’t technically illegal. Nope. That theft was legal.
Well, whichever way you slice it, law enforcement seizing monies that then fund law enforcement is a serious conflict of interest.
Shall we talk about why it’s awfully messed up that law enforcement feels free to seize any large amount of money they find, assuming it’s drug money? Doesn’t it seem odd that the government encourages something that sounds an awful lot like authoritarian stealing? If it sounds odd, then, as Ayn Rand would say, you might want to check your philosophical premises. You must be assuming that governments are free from character flaws such as greed. That is the problem with your premises – that assumption.
Yes, I know there are dishonest people out there and the laws allowing seizures are meant to affect those dirty folk. I would feel more comfortable with this if our country wasn’t becoming more authoritarian by the day. People need to wake up and understand that you can be as honest as the day is long, you can have nothing to hide, but under the right set of unforeseen circumstances, your property can be seized. And you will have a very hard time trying to get it back.
So, moving on, let’s talk about Project Synergy. How many of you are aware that Project Synergy was an international as well as a domestic operation? Yup, it was. I don’t know if everyone netted in Project Synergy was innocent, but I know these people were. When laws are being passed that address one problem, you can create a lot of grief for people who are innocent. The actual humiliation and seizure of property is only the beginning of the pain.
And now we’re at my favorite part of this post! Have you heard of the DEA’s dirty little secret? The filthy underbelly of the Patriot Act? I don’t want to be rude, but you are about to be awakened. In my next post, that is!