US Border Patrol & ICE Cracking Down On CBD Oil & on Admissions of Past Pot Smoking


In the recent past, literal thousands of Canadians have been denied entry to the U.S. simply for admitting they’ve smoked a joint once in their lives, but US Homeland Security and their “officers” of the CPB & ICE … have RAISED THE BAR …

Just 4 days ago, U.S. border “protection” barred a young Canadian woman from crossing the border when they found medical CBD oil (cannabidiol) for her extreme scoliosis pain … in her backpack … BANNING HER FOR LIFE from ever entering the USA …

For people who don’t know, CBD oil is a medical product from Hemp … It is a nonpsychoactive natural product of the cannabis plant … used by the young Canadian lady to treat the great pains of scoliosis.

“… The woman, who has asked not to be identified by CBC News pending the outcome of an application for reentry, is the latest Canadian to face border troubles after Canada legalized cannabis last year.

Thousands of Canadians have been denied entry to the U.S. simply for admitting they’ve smoked a joint once in their lives. Others have been banned from entering the country for life for carrying cannabis products to the border — a punishment that this unsuspecting CBD oil user could now face as well, according to immigration experts. ”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/tasker-cbd-oil-us-border-lifetime-ban-1.5252479?fbclid=IwAR3U0LaDk869VyT89GViGE4tv5Pk_p6PVfyEeWXhg6pVCgcd8jLUOkCWWRU

The Consequences?
Many millions of ordinary Mexicans & Canadians … should now beware of entering … or even changing planes in the USA.

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“REAL” ID, Passport or US Military ID Needed for US Domestic Flights


US TSA just announced ALL US CITIZENS must provide either a valid “REAL ID” **, passport, or Military ID … by October, 2020 … to be able to fly on any US domestic flight  … regardless of your home State.

** https://www.tsa.gov/real-id

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Mailing system from Mexico to USA becoming Uncertain

Back in October 2018, the Trump Administration quietly gave an official  1 year notice to withdraw from the international postal system agreement (aka the “Universal Postal Union”), because of Trump’s refusal to pay our annual membership dues.

As required under the Union’s constitution, the announcement and notice to the UPU initiated a one-year withdrawal process during which the United States can renegotiate terms before the exit becomes final on October 17, 2019.

So, as of October 17, 2019, mail service between the USA & Mexico ~may~ change, because the Trump Administration has refused to negotiate, so far.

It may not be a big deal to some people, but all of our US soldiers, sailors & Air Force personnel serving abroad … and all other people living abroad … may lose their avenue to vote absentee … raising concerns of yet more voter suppression in time for the 2020 elections.

Since the USA has our troops stationed in over 75% of the world’s countries, this latest Trump Administration change seems to presents challenges to man of our troop’s opportunities to vote,  because the Trump Administration has announced no plans for allowing our troops to vote,  when serving abroad.

https://www.naco.org/blog/us-withdrawal-international-postal-union-creates-uncertainty-county-election-administrators

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We’ll publish more updates, as the news becomes available.
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FIRST UPDATE:
A bit more research shows that we may want to plan to take our absentee ballots to a US Consulate, here in Mexico, for the 2020 election.

Note: We have to be sure submit the ballot to a US Consulate before Oct 24’th, for the Consulate to get your ballot into the US mail in time to get the ballot to your US County in time.
 
For 2020 … That means delivering the absentee ballot by Oct. 23’rd, 2020 … to a Consulate in Mexico .. IN A USPS STAMPED ENVELOPE (addressed to your County Clerk) … to get there in time for a Nov. 6 election.

Happy Trails, Steve

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Yucatan Plants that Harm … and Heal

August 11, 2019
For years, we’ve heard stories of some jungle plants~trees that you must not brush, or risk getting severe painful skin blisters that last for weeks.

We finally found some reliable reports, descriptions and fotos to describe the specific tree … the consequences of brushing the tree with bare skin … AND a proposed remedy.

These are called “Chechen blisters”
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… Nasty stuff, eh?

Fortunately … as happens across the Americas, Native peoples have either found (or planted) the supposed remedy nearby to the source of the problem.    The proposed remedy comes from a tree called a Chaca tree.    Across Yucatan, Chechen & Chaca trees are found growing near each other, including at beach areas.

The black sap of the Chechen tree is reportedly poisonous, while the often-nearby Chaca has nectar is said to neutralize the Chechen’s poisonous sap. … Since we’re not trained Tropical-plant biologists,  we defer to the experts at the aptly named “Mayan Garden Club” of Akumal:

Chechen and Chaca Trees

They really are a marvelously talented group, whose superb report beautifully speaks volumes. … Here is their dandy report …  un-varnished, untouched, unedited:

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“Chechen and Chaca Trees”

Mayan Garden Club September Tip of the Month

If you travel anywhere in the Yucatan and Riviera Maya jungle areas, you will eventually run into the Chechen tree and the nearby growing Chaca tree. The Chechen tree has black sap that seeps out of the grayish trunk , however, several trees in the Yucatan can look similar.

Chechen trees

Chechen and Chaca Trees”

Mayan Garden Club September Tip of the Month

If you travel anywhere in the Yucatan and Riviera Maya jungle areas, you will eventually run into the Chechen tree and the nearby growing Chaca tree. The Chechen tree has black sap that seeps out of the grayish trunk , however, several trees in the Yucatan can look similar.

The wood of (the Chechen tree) is very hard and prized for furniture and for building. The leaves are curly and often black-spotted with the sap.  The Chaca tree has a distinctive light brown bark that appears peeling in older trees. The wood is softer but the tree grows easily from just a limb being stuck in the ground or in a pot. It is often used to make living fence posts.

One of the trees, the Chechen (Black Poisonwood Tree), has sap that is very toxic and can cause a horrible rash and burn.  Even touching the leaves can cause a bad reaction.  Often you will not even know that you have been infected until the burning and itching rash appears.  It is similar to the worst poison ivy you have ever seen! Luckily, growing near the Chechen tree you will usually find a Chaca tree (also called Gumbo Limbo) which is an antidote to the Chechen’s poison — if applied in time.

Simply cut a piece of the bark of the Chaca tree vertically and wipe the inside on the affected area to neutralize the rash.  You may also make a tea with the bark to help rid your body of the toxins.  If you don’t use this in time, it may be necessary to use cortisone cream or even make a trip to the doctor.

The Legend

So why do these trees always grow near each other?  According to the Maya legend, two great warriors were brothers, but of entirely different personalities.  One, Kinich, was kind and loving while his older brother, Tizic, was hateful and angry.  Both fell in love with the same maiden, the beautiful Nicte-Ha. T hey declared a battle to the death to determine who would have her.

A terrible battle raged on, the moon hid, and black clouds filled the skies as the earth was torn apart and the heavens went into hiding. Eventually the brothers both died in each other’s arms.

In the afterlife, they begged for forgiveness and asked to return to the world of the living to see Nicte-Ha again.  The gods granted their wish and the brother Tizic was reborn as the Chechen Tree which burns and blisters anyone who touches it. The loving brother, Kinich, was reborn as the Chaca tree, which neutralizes the venom of the Chechen.  They both watch over Nicte-Ha who was reborn as a beautiful white flower. ”

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Again, we thank the “Mayan Garden Club” of Akumal for their superb report, and congratulate them on their willingness to educate and inform others.

and as we do with all articles that include anything that looks or smells like medical or fiscal or tax advice:

Please Note that this article is for informational, educational and entertainment purposes only.   Consult the appropriate experts for professional advice and information before taking any actions that may impact your physical, mental, emotional or financial well being.

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Progreso Port Growing & Improving

August 10, 2018
Looking to the future.

”  (The Progreso port~terminal) has seen tremendous growth, having doubled its volumes from 80,000 to 140,000 TEUs throughput over the last two years, as the region’s economic activities expand. This year alone the terminal expects 20-35% further growth in volume.  ”

” The (Progreso) terminal provides the region with unparalleled connectivity through 5 vessels a week, including direct connections with the US and Europe. … To continue to facilitate this trade growth, APM Terminals has committed to investing in the terminal to meet the evolving needs of importers/exporters in the region and shipping lines. ”

“We are committed to the long-term sustainable development of the region and are delighted to announce that we have signed an addendum with the port authority to commence a 20% expansion of the yard to support the region’s growing trade needs, as well as other investments to improve productivity and efficiency. This represents a significant additional investment on top of the USD 22.6 million that has already been invested in the terminal since the concession began in 2005,”

The modernization represents an important investment, include a 20% expansion of the yard capacity, (Cost $714,000 USD) …

https://www.apmterminals.com/en/progreso/about/news/190809-apm-terminals-yucatan-to-expand-and-modernise-progreso-terminal

Yucatan keeps growing.

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Chase Cancels ALL Canadian Credit Card Debt

August 8, 2019

If you’re Canadian … DON’T send in that check to Chase.  🤪

American consumers are picking up your tab. 🤔🤔
🤨🤣🤨🤣

It’s real …

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What’s next ?

August 8, 2019

It’s always been their land …
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regardless of today’s “borders” …

Native Americans

The people in El Paso … are no different than the people in Juarez …

… It’s all …        ~America~     …

Regardless of all the fear … Regardless of all the bias …

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