Category Archives: 4/20

HIGH Score for High Score Lounge


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Things have been shaking up a bit around American lately, especially after the midterms elections were over.  The one shocker people are also still reeling in from is Jeff Sessions recent resignation.  Sessions is no longer the Attorney General and the position now goes to his former Chief of Staff Matthew Whitaker.  He claimed that, “Good people don’t smoke marijuana” and yet the cannabis community scored another win, with Michigan becoming the 10th state to legalize cannabis.  Michigan makes that now 1/20, or better yet, 4/20th of the United States where recreational cannabis is legal (Cannabis math pun, I went there!).

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Meanwhile our upstairs neighbor, Canada, has been too busy celebrating their victory of legalizing cannabis all across the country.  LEGALIZED CANNABIS… ALL. ACROSS. THE NATION.  The policy took effect back in October 17th and Canadians have already been taking advantage of this event nationwide.

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But it isn’t just recreational cannabis businesses that are already open – Canada’s recent political PR miracle opens the door for many specialty businesses.  Events such as Puff and Paint night or Cannabis Yoga have been springing up, but Canada has an even bigger surprise.  Located within Vancouver, British Columbia is a special gem that combines social cannabis consumption and retro video games.  Allow me to introduce… High Score Lounge.

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High Score Lounge features 80’s/90’s video game console games, arcade games, and even pinball games.  Choose from such consoles as the NES, Sega Genesis, Atari 5200, and the SNES; the console games feature over 200 titles to choose from.  If you get tired of gaming after a while, you can kick back to watch 80s movies and cartoons that stream all day.  Enjoy those nostalgic 80s titles with some retro candies and sodas to snack on.

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The best part about High Score Lounge?  It is COMPLETELY 4/20 friendly.  This arcade is combined with services such as a dab bar, cannabis vapor lounge, and even a dispensary.  You can even bring your own cannabis with you to the place as well.

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Seriously folks, it comes with its OWN DISPENSARY to purchase cannabis at.  You can get whatever cannabis products you need to get into your gaming groove.  Grab a good joint before hitting the pinball machine or take a quick dab before destroying your friends on Mario Kart!

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This is one of those marketing tactics that is simple, yet GENIUS.  You combine the social aspect of cannabis thrown in with some entertainment (console, arcade, and pinball games) to get one incredible establishment to check out.  It’s the 4/20 subculture mixing in with the gaming subculture (as well as the subcultures within that community!) in under one roof.  This is pretty much a gamer stoner’s wet dream here.

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Canada is certainly celebrating their recent victory with places like High Score Lounge in full operation.  High Score Lounge is a unique specialty business that will set high standards for Vancouver as well as Canada.  Retro barcades are the hottest thing around America now, but nothing yet has come close to something like High Score Lounge.

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At this point, High Score Lounge is one of many up-and-coming spots to look out for in the future.  This unique idea of combining recreational cannabis use with arcade games is definitely something that will reach America very shortly.  Who knows what 4/20-friendly city will claim their title as having the first barcade/cannabis lounge.  Will San Francisco reign supreme yet again?  Or will Boston come out and surprise us?

In the end, High Score Lounge shows how far we have come, with both the cannabis and gaming culture.  Both of these subcultures are now being pushed out into the public, attracting more demographics every year.

 

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Jeff Sessions Resigns, Cannabis Reigns On


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It has been officially one week since the midterm elections.  People all across the nation are reeling in from the results.  Massachusetts residents voiced their opinions on the three questions on the ballot, with many still shocked by the results.  The people voted against question one, limiting the nurse-patient ratio for the state.  Question 2 was voted yes, meaning that a citizen commission would be created to limit election spending and corporate rights.  Many members of the LBGTQ community gained their victory with a ‘Yes’ vote on Question 3, which prohibits discrimination against trans-gendered people in any business establishment.

There were some major wins as well as some big losses.  But hidden within the political madness, a political PR miracle happened just a few days later.  This PR miracle was certainly a blessing for the people, especially for those in the cannabis industry.

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Jeff Sessions, the Attorney General under the Trump Administration, resigned from his position.  After his tumultuous fall outs with Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions resigned at the President’s request.  The position would go to Matthew Whitaker, the Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

At this point, it’s only best to sing the tune:

Ding Dong! The Witch is dead. Which old Witch?

            The Wicked Witch!

            Ding Dong! The Wicked Witch is dead.

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            That’s right – Jeff Sessions is officially no longer the Attorney General of the United States.  Members of the cannabis community remembered him for his strong opposition against cannabis, even going as far to say that ‘good people don’t smoke marijuana’.  Cannabis continues to be legal (was even voted for recreational use in Michigan this year) and Jeff Sessions is no longer the Attorney General.  Oh, how the mighty have fallen!

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This political PR miracle will really put the cannabis industry on the map.  Better yet, it already has because stocks in the cannabis industry are soaring HIGH in this country.  With Jeff Sessions resigning as United States Attorney General, its only marks yet another domino falling for this growing 4/20 culture.  There’s no telling what creative freedom the industry will express now that Jeff Sessions is no longer the U.S. Attorney General.

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2019 is looking brighter than ever for the cannabis industry now that Jeff Sessions is no longer in power.  This was one PR miracle that couldn’t come soon enough.

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With that, the midterm elections have brought us a surprising PR miracle that came at the right time.  The cannabis industry can flourish even further for the years to come.  Hopefully there won’t be other political roadblocks created that would slow down the process even more.

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Whatever stance you are on these recent ideas, one’s thing for certain – the cannabis industry certainly has a place here in America.  Political PR miracles like this only help it roll out much smoother in the long run.

Campus Cannabis Consumption at The UBC


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Cannabis is most popular with young adults, especially those attending college.  College students from all across the country consume cannabis at some point during their schooling.  Whether it is during a party during the weekend or sneaking a joint in before completing that big paper the night before its due, college students aren’t shy about lighting up during their own time.

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Ironically enough, many US colleges prohibit cannabis smoking (as well smoking in general!) around their campuses.  Colleges place heavy restrictions on smoking among their students and even create designated areas to use cigarettes.  Each college or university set their own standards for cigarette or cannabis smoking.

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Meanwhile in Canada, where cannabis is 100% legal all across the nation, the socio-cultural landscape is already changing.  The University of British Columbia recently made a bold move to allow students to consume cannabis on the campus.

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That’s right folks – University of British Columbia students can freely smoke cannabis within the area.  Students are allowed to light up at designed “smokers” gazebos around the school.  While cannabis will be allowed in special areas, students still aren’t able to consume inside any campus building.

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This bold idea can be utilized for many instances.  Light up that joint before writing that 15-page essay on feminism! Take some hits off the pipe before that brainstorming session for the big group project.  If you don’t have any major assignments, do some pre-gaming hits before heading off to that house party!

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The University of British Columbia is one of hundreds of colleges and universities in Canada that allows cannabis use within their school.  With cannabis use legal all across the Canada, colleges and universities are changing their socio-cultural atmosphere around their campuses.  Many still prohibit cannabis use in their campus, but a lot of colleges are taking that bold step in accepting cannabis as well.

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When the country changes, so does its establishments; that idea holds true, most especially for universities like The University of British Columbia.  Cannabis is fully legal in British Columbia, so colleges around the area are creating their own policies and procedures in place.

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With that, cannabis is certainly making huge waves in Canada.  Colleges and universities are allowing students to light up around campus, thus changing their socio-cultural landscape.

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Who knows, maybe American colleges and universities will learn a thing or two from Canada and allow their own students to consume cannabis.  Cannabis is still being legalized all across the nation, so it won’t be long before college students are able to light up before completing that big paper the night before its due.

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If you’re an aspiring student who wants to freely consume cannabis during their schooling, they should look to attend The University of British Columbia real soon.

Paul Pierce Dunks Into the Vape Business


Well folks, November is here.  Another Halloween has come and gone.  It was quite a spooky month here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  But even with Halloween being over, there is still no shortage of PR nightmares that are soon to come.  The month of November only brings us more PR/marketing-related news, especially with the elections happening very soon.

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For now, it’s time to go from spooky back to pot…LITERALLY.  These days, many retired athletes are cashing in on the cannabis industry.  Mike Tyson bought land to grow cannabis, Eugene Monroe went on Bong Appetit eating edibles as well as smoking from a super pipe (more on that here), and Ricky Williams even launched his own line of cannabis products (read up here).  Many athletes enjoy cannabis not only for its incredible business opportunity, but also for treating their own injuries.  After competing for years out on the field, these athletes are now consuming cannabis during their off seasons; better yet, some are even bringing it to light.

Ricky Williams is not the only retired athlete who started his own cannabis business.  One famous player is making a slam dunk in… the vape pen business.

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Former Celtics player Paul Pierce is in the business of creating his own vape pen company for CBD oils.  He tweeted the news last week, announcing his new company called Vape Vesper.  Pierce listed himself as the co-founder and CEO of the company.

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Paul Pierce is an avid cannabis user, vaping CBD oil to deal with his anxiety and chronic pain.  He advocates on how he uses CBD oil instead of pain pills.

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As recreational cannabis use becomes increasingly popular in sports and society, athletes have been turning to CBD as an alternative medicine for dealing with pain and stress relief.  Paul Pierce is one of many athletes turning to cannabis for their own personal and professional use.  It goes to show that cannabis has a place for every source of entertainment, including sports.

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This is also one of many PR miracles happening for retired athletes.  It’s the same story, but with different characters – the athlete retires after years of competing in the major leagues.  All of those aches and bruises start to catch up as time goes on.  That athletic superstar (in this case, Paul Pierce) turns to cannabis as a way of dealing with his personal injuries and illnesses.  Not only that, but he establishes his own business venture to help other people as well.  The cannabis business acts as a perfect PR strategy for famous athletes nationwide.

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Kudos to athletes like Paul Pierce for turning to cannabis.  He played fifteen seasons with the Boston Celtics (helping them win the NBA championship in 2008!) and now he will be making slam dunks with his new cannabis venture.  Hopefully his CBD oils will help other athletes who are dealing with their own chronic illnesses.

Be sure to look out for Paul Pierce’s new CBD oil in the near future.  It will be yet another PR miracle for the city of Boston.

Canada’s Legal Cannabis Market – A national PR Miracle


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With all of these horror-themed posts these past weeks, I forgot about a recent PR miracle that happened in Canada recently.  While the United States is maneuvering through the cannabis culture, our upstairs neighbors made a bold move last week.  Since October 17th, 2018, Cannabis has become fully legal in Canada.

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Canada is now the second country to legalize recreational cannabis.  Months after the vote was set and it is now in effect.  Not only were they the second country to legalize (after Uruguay), but they also became the world’s largest cannabis marketplace.  Canadian adults all across the nation can now get their hands on some legal greens.  Oh, Canada!

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And the PR miracle is the gift that keeps on giving.  Canadian cannabis users are celebrating this amazing victory by toking up all around.  At least 111 pot shops opened on Wednesday and many more are expected to come in the future.  People have been toking up on the street, in their homes, at national parks; cannabis users are taking full advantage of this special moment.

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Speaking of parks, Canada will allow patrons to smoke cannabis at national park campsites and hiking trails.  This rule goes for national parks all across the nation.  Now Canadians will be able to consume some greens while enjoying the lush greenery around the park.

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While cannabis is legal in 1/10th of the United States, it is now fully legal all across Canada.  This PR miracle will create socio-cultural pressures among the two states.  Now that cannabis is fully legal in Canada (and they see the numerous benefits from the move!), the US will be pressured to follow suit.  This is one of the big dominoes that will topple over within the next few years.

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Canada’s recent PR miracle signifies a global change for the cannabis community.  Cannabis is fully legal in ANOTHER country, meaning that another nation accepts the ever-growing 4/20 subculture.  Its only a matter of time before the United States caves in and legalizes it all across the nation.  Imagine a time where Nebraskan citizens don’t have to travel to a 4/20 state like California or Colorado just to get their hands on legal cannabis.

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You won’t have to imagine for much longer because it will very soon become a reality.  The cannabis community is thriving higher than ever, with more members joining in from all across the world.

It is now America’s turn in the PR game of the cannabis industry.