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US Opens Door to Cuba, Allows Americans to Explore Cuban Goods

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<div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1418869911314_5778">So what does this improved relationship between Cuba and the United States mean for you?</div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1418869911314_5779"><br /></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1418869911314_5780">For starters, more Americans will be able to travel to Cuba and bring home up to $400 in goods. Of that, $100 can be Cuban cigars and rum.</div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1418869911314_5781"><br /></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1418869911314_5791">However some local cigar shops in Fresno said on Wednesday that American consumers should not expect to see Cuban cigars sold in stores just yet.</div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1418869911314_5790"><br /></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1418869911314_5789">&quot;Cuban cigars is more of a forbidden, you know, like you can’t have it, so you want it,&quot; said Moses Soza, the owner of Cigar Más Fino.</div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1418869911314_5785"><br /></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1418869911314_5786">Soza sells cigars of all shapes and sizes, from almost every Latin American country- except Cuba.</div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1418869911314_5787"><br /></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1418869911314_5752">Micah Johnson, owner of Cigars Limited, said sometimes customers come in not aware of the 50 year embargo against Cuban trade, and still inquire about wanting to buy Cuban cigars.</div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1418869911314_5753"><br /></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1418869911314_5754">Johnson, answered, &quot;Oh, all the time! Ya ‘Do you have a secret drawer? Do you have some stash in the back?’&quot;</div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1418869911314_5755"><br /></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1418869911314_5788">But now, those who would like a taste of a &quot;cigarro Cubano&quot; may be able to travel to Cuba to get one, amongst new freedoms.</div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1418869911314_5756"><br /></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1418869911314_5757">&quot;I think they were a long time coming,&quot; said Dr. Annabella España-Najera, a Latin American Studies professor at Fresno State, in regards to America mending relations with Cuba.</div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1418869911314_5758"><br /></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1418869911314_5759">España-Najera said America is on the path of positive change with Cuba.</div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1418869911314_5771"><br /></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1418869911314_5760">She said, &quot;I think initially we’re gonna see changes in telecommunications. That’s the most affected. And travel, so businesses associated with those industries will see immediate change.&quot;</div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1418869911314_5761"><br /></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1418869911314_5762">Soza and Johnson both agree business for both of them will remain the same, until the day the embargo is lifted completely and they can become legal dealers.</div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1418869911314_5763"><br /></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1418869911314_5764">Soza said optimistically, &quot;It’s actually pretty cool, you know? Get a chance to visit that country now and grab a few sticks.&quot;</div></div>

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