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DIY Gaming with Nintendo Labo!

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Nintendo has really been on top of their game lately.  The Nintendo Switch has been selling like hot cakes since releasing last March.  The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold millions of copies since being released with the Nintendo Switch and Super Mario Odyssey helped boost more sales than ever.

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When it comes to video game popularity, Nintendo always seem to triumph over its competitors.  The company combines old-school nostalgic characters (Mario, Donkey Kong) with new home console systems.  It’s this strategy that captures all audiences into the Nintendo community.  Their games were made so that anyone can pick up the controller and play through the game.  These games are catered more towards casual-fun gamers in the world.

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In fact, this strategy of utilizing nostalgia into the mix is rubbing off of other ideas.  Nintendo will be launching a special gaming accessory this Spring that includes a material that many children played with for years.  That material happens to be…cardboard.

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You heard me right people – Nintendo’s next idea coming to America involves cardboard!  Nintendo is releasing the Nintendo Labo, a combination of the Nintendo Switch with DIY cardboard creations.  The Nintendo Labo will release on April 20th, 2018 (4/20 Day!).

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This new system provides cardboard cutouts that you assemble together.  Two sets of kits will be released in the Spring — the variety kit and the robot kit.  The variety kit includes items that you can assemble together to create two RC cars, a house, a motorbike, a fishing rod, and even a piano.  You can also get the robot kit that you accumulate together to create a cool robot suit!

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Here’s how the product works – you start with the pieces of cardboard you put together.  Once your creation is complete, you add the Nintendo Switch console to power it up.  While you are playing, you can even discover new ways to play each time.  You can even customize your creations with color, stickers, paint, or other original ideas.  The sky is the limits as to how you design your cardboard cutouts!

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The idea is absolutely brilliant!  I used to play with cardboard boxes as a kid, so this definitely gets me nostalgic about my childhood days.  Kids all around are definitely going to enjoy this new concept from Nintendo.

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In a marketing sense, Nintendo really took their strategy to a different level.  Nintendo has always provided a sense of nostalgia in their products and this idea really works.  Before the digital age, kids would have fun with cardboard boxes.  Using their own imagination, kids would create various scenarios with the products around them.

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Back when I was a kid, we never had iPads or smart phones to plays.  We only had our imagination to amuse ourselves.  Kids took cardboard and imagined they were in a pirate ship or driving a bus.

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That’s the selling point that makes the Nintendo Labo so intriguing – it captures the child’s imagination and molds it with the newer toys they are playing.  By mixing a nostalgic idea (imagination with cardboard) with a new product (the Nintendo Switch), Nintendo created something that every kid would enjoy.  Nintendo fans all across the nation will be excited for the hype that is the Nintendo Labo.

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It’ll be a little while until Nintendo Labo is released, but it’s definitely something excited to look forward to this year.  Hopefully Nintendo will design more cardboard cutouts so that players can play other games as well.

Look out for the Nintendo Labo releasing on April 20th!


California’s 4/20 Business Model WIN

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Eight days since California legalized cannabis and business continues to be BOOMING.  People are lining up around dispensaries to purchase pot (LEGAL pot, that is!) to consume.  Millions of dollars of tax revenues are flowing through the streets from the cannabis sales.  It truly is a whole new world for California in 2018.

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Well folks – it looks like the sky didn’t fall after all.  California will be raking in more profits then ever, many more people will be stopping to visit (tourism will be SKYROCKETING over this entertaining attraction!), and the product will continue to modify its ever-changing social culture.  Cannabis has presented many ‘golden’ opportunities for the business world.

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And speaking of ‘golden’ opportunity, we haven’t gotten to the best part about this whole PR miracle.  Cannabis legalization opened the floodgate for not only cannabis as a product itself, but utilizing the CONCEPT of cannabis in business models.  Not only did we legalize pot (which was the most OBVIOUS ending result we wanted!), but we initiated whole new industry that will continuously modify our society.

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Oh yeah…the best part?  It’s already HAPPENING.  Start-up businesses in California are utilizing cannabis as their business model.  Whether its using the physical plant itself or a property of the product, Entrepreneurs are re-shaping cannabis’s role in society.

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Way before the 4/20 party kicked off in California, the earliest business plan was providing cannabis at a medical dispensary.  Patients show a medical cannabis card to purchase cannabis from a budtender.  They choose from a variety of flowers, edibles, concentrates, tinctures, and other products that are on display.  Marketing, advertising, and even public relations was VERY limited when medical cannabis was starting its roots (One part being that medical cannabis started before the .COM boom, but the MAJOR part was that it was still illegal under the California and federal government!).

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It’s been 24 years since California legalized medical cannabis and the cannabis culture has been selling like hot cakes.  Yoga studios are offering ‘BYOC’ (Bring Your Own Cannabis) classes where students can consume cannabis and do yoga.  Wineries are infusing wines with cannabis flowers with THC and CBD.  Cannabis tours offer guests rides on a bus where they can smoke and learn about all of the aspects of how cannabis is produced.  Spas are soothing guest’s muscles with THC-infused massage oil.

The list goes on and on and on.  Every type of industry, whether it’s hospitality or entertainment, is utilizing cannabis as part of their plan for their business.  It’s the most simplistic, yet GENIUS idea for attracting customers.  And the possibilities…are ENDLESS.

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Now that California has much more relaxed policies on cannabis, businesses can utilize those amazing communications strategies to attract more audiences.  Retail cannabis company Medmen took advantage of the news by producing ads for billboards around Sunset Boulevard.  Billboard ads depict men and women of all ages that are ‘medicated’ (A.K.A. STONED!) with the tagline saying ‘____.  It’s Legal).  This clever ad goes perfect with the ever-changing social landscape of California.

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What you see happening around California – an actual LEGAL cannabis business – will set the stage for future business models across the country for YEARS to come.  All it took was hard work, patience, dedication, ambition, and a big dream.  Californians are known for dreaming BIG out in the west coast and their dream is finally coming true.

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Who knows what other bold business idea will spring up next in the Wild Wild West.  Maybe we will have cannabis coffee shops opening or 4/20 nightclubs featuring the hottest services to choose from.  We could even have more 4/20 porn produced (straight AND gay 4/20 porn!).

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Pay attention, Bostonians – this is a glimpse of what the future holds for the city in less than SIX MONTHS.  Less than SIX MONTHS until the cannabis culture starts making waves, shaking up the business culture for lots of industries.

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Until then, keep an eye out for California these next few months.  The west coast’s influence will soon move over to the east in the years to come.

Countdown Until Legal Recreational Shops in MA:

5 Months, 3 Weeks, One Day

2018 Cannabis Countdown – 6 Months

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Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls of ALL ages… A new year has started.  2018 is now here.  We said goodbye to 2017 and we are now at the first day of the new year.

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A new year means new topics, new discussions, new controversies, new discoveries, and even new posts.  But this year, it means a new industry reaching cities nationwide.  Cannabis won over some major PR miracles the past few years…and we’re JUST…GETTING…STARTED.

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This year marks one of the most exciting events to ever happen for the state of Massachusetts.  Thousands upon thousands of audiences have been waiting for this day to come.  It’s a special day that will be remembered among many generations.

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On July 1st, Recreational cannabis dispensaries will be open in the State of Massachusetts.  LEGAL RECREATIONAL CANNABIS DISPENSARIES…will be OPEN for business.  This is NOT a drill, folks – You will soon be able to buy LEGAL cannabis from a recreational dispensary.

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Here we are, ladies and gentleman – legal cannabis shops are coming soon!  You’ll soon experience the pure bliss of purchasing some of the most amazing cannabis products out there.  We’ve been waiting long enough since we voted it legal on November 2016 and our ultimate prize is yet to come.

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You don’t have to fantasize about this dream any longer because it will soon become a reality.  It won’t be much longer until you see yourself purchasing a pre-roll of Bubba Kush on your way home.

The countdown starts at six months until the dispensaries open.  Six months until the floodgate opens, pushing the cannabis industry further out onto the various streets of Massachusetts.  Every now and then, I’ll set the reminder out on some of my posts about the progress.

Until then, I suggest you start paying attention to what’s going on in the next few months.  There is an exciting new industry that has been swirling around the city of Boston, waiting to be released for its audience to enjoy.

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Countdown Till Recreational Cannabis Dispensaries

6 Months

Nevada’s 21st Century Cannabis Rush

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Ten days ago, Nevada opened up their recreational cannabis dispensaries.  More than 40 dispensaries are open for business, with a few operating within the Las Vegas Strip.  Sin city just got a lot more sinful now that cannabis is legal to purchase.  Gambling, alcohol, and even prostitution were some sinful pleasures that made Las Vegas so amazing.

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So what has actually happened 10 days after legal sales received the green light?  Was cannabis a big hit that Nevada thought it would?  What’s the progress on the legal cannabis market so far?

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Well folks…it’s even BETTER than I anticipated.  Not only did the recreational market become successful, but Nevada is now dealing with a supply shortage.  You can’t make this up, people…Nevada is LITERALLY running out of supply!

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Within less than two weeks of opening, most dispensaries are already running out of cannabis.  Lines formed out of the door since Sunday morning, filled with anticipated customers waiting to get their hands on legal cannabis.  Even Essence Dispensary, which is a few feet away from the Las Vegas Strip, had customers lining up for HOURS after legal sales begin.    Businesses can’t keep up with the supply because cannabis is selling like hot cakes!  Even with the limited amount of communications strategies utilized for the cannabis industry, the demand for legal cannabis skyrocketed instantly.

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But wait, it gets even more ridiculous.  Nevada governor Brian Sandoval helped endorse the call for a “state of emergency”, allowing for more licensed distributors.  The large demand for cannabis has become so outrageous that even the Nevada governor is fast-tracking the approval process just to keep business flowing!

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Before we start freaking out about cannabis shortages in Nevada, let’s remember one thing…what’s happening is AMAZING right now.  Think about this for a second: Las Vegas, a booming city where a majority of their economy relies on their 40 million tourists each year, has people flocking for the cannabis.  Cannabis is bringing in more audiences, more income, and generating more positive buzz around the state of Nevada.

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Quantity goes along with the supply of the commodity (how much is actually spread out) while quality works with what the consumers are demanding (what audiences want with their commodity).  Customers have already been more than pleased with the demands, so businesses just have to work harder on generating more of the supply.  The hard part is over (raising awareness of cannabis dispensaries so that customers take action) and now we simply must produce more of the popular cannabis commodities.

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Nevada dealt with a bad PR nightmare with their High Times Cup disaster (read more on that nightmare here) and now they are shining with this glorious PR miracle!  Keep in mind that what you’re seeing is NOT a mirage – Nevada is really striking rich with cannabis.  I can safely say that Nevada truly hit the jackpot with this industry.

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This was fantastic news to hear!  I knew that the cannabis industry would hit big in Nevada and I’m shocked to hear about the supply shortage.  The state of Nevada will have to keep up with their supplies soon before customers migrate to other legal states (like Colorado or Oregon!).

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It’s been less than two weeks and the demand for legal cannabis skyrocketed in Nevada.  California is set to conduct legal sales in less than 6 months, so the competition is going to be FIERCE within the western region.  Nevada is already competing with Colorado, Oregon, and even Washington state in terms of the cannabis industry.  Throw California into the mix and it’s an all-out business war (we ARE talking about the ‘Wild Wild West’ part of America btw!).

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Who knows what will go down in the western region now that a majority of states provide recreational dispensaries.  One thing’s for certain – whatever occurs in the western region will echo over to the eastern region as well.  Massachusetts will open their shops in July 2018 and they’ll have to compete with Maine in the meantime.

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Now is the time for the cannabis industry to truly shine all across the country.

MakeSandcastlesNotWar’s ‘Weed Week’ Announcement

What’s up, fellow readers?  There’s no post today…BUT, I have some exciting news to share!

April 20th (4/20 Day!) is less than a week away!  In honor of 4/20 coming up, MakeSandcastlesNotWar will be going to pot…LITERALLY.

Starting on Monday, MakeSandcastlesNotWar will be showcasing posts about cannabis.  From discussing terpenes to revealing the true history of prohibition, MakeSandcastlesNotWar will cover various angles of this flourishing industry.  Listed below are some topics that will be covered:

MakeSandcastlesNotWar Weed Week Topics

Introduction to Terpenes

Dennis Peron/Castro Castle

CHRONIC-le History of Cannabis 101

Boston-related Cannabis Strains

4/20 is creeping up soon, so you won’t want to miss this special weed week here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  The stories you read will be fascinating, amazing, shocking, and most importantly, MIND-BLOWING.  If you thought you knew the history of cannabis…THINK AGAIN!

So get ready for the ride, folks!  Starting on Monday, we’ll be taking this blog to POT!