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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!

Welcome Back to the Cash Cab!

Back when I was in high school I discovered this awesome series called Cash CabCash Cab was a game show hosted by stand-up comedian Ben Bailey that aired on the Discovery Channel.  Bailey would drive around New York City looking to pick up random strangers.  Once the contestants entered the cab, Ben would inform the party that they were part of the game if they choose to play.  Players would be asked to answer questions where they would win $25-$100 for each correct answer.  The game ends once the players reached their destination or if they answered wrong three times during the ride.

Cash Cab first aired on December 5th, 2005 and ended its final ride on April 18th, 2012.  It was a unique game show that took place within a NYC cab with a variety of trivia questions.  The cash cabs may have been out of service since 2012, but Discovery Channel is looking to revive the show soon.

After a 5-year cancellation, Cash Cab returning to Discovery Channel!  The adventurous game show is returning to the Big Apple for all new episodes.  Each episode will follow the same format with each contestant.  Discovery Channel has not announced a set host yet, but Ben Bailey could return his position as the Cash Cab host.  For an even more shocking twist, special comedians and celebrities will be driving the cab to pick up passengers.  There are no other changes that will be made to the classic format, but more news is to come soon.

It’s so awesome to hear that Cash Cab is returning soon!  I loved watching the series and I dreamed about entering the Cash Cab when I’m in New York again.  This will be interesting to see a modernized version of the series after being cancelled for over 5 years.  With ride-sharing apps being the new norm for transportation, it’ll be interesting if people will be taking the cab at all.

Who knows, maybe the Cash Cab will become a ride-sharing vehicle like Uber or Lyft.  The Discovery Channel should consider using a ride-sharing car rather than the typical cab since millennials get a Lyft these days.  Times have changed over the past 5 years and Cash Cab should consider ditching the cab to keep up with the latest trends.  That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with the show’s format, but it would be a helpful strategy for better ratings.

For now, let’s appreciate that the Cash Cab will be rolling around the streets in NYC soon.  Who knows what unsuspecting passengers will win big money while on the Cash Cab!

Goodbye 25, Hello 26!

There was only one thing on my mind today: it was my birthday.  As of today, I officially turn 26 years old.  Wow…I’ve been living on this crazy planet for 26 years now!  Time just flies by when you’re working so hard.

I can’t believe that another year has flown by.  It seemed like yesterday that I was creeping into my mid-20s era.  Now’s the time to say goodbye to the fun times at 25 and say ‘hello!’ to the new adventures upon the horizon at 26.  25 was one of my better years and I can see things get even better as time goes on.

At 25 years old, I hit some milestones that thrust me into the throes that is known as the ‘Real World’.  Graduation, new job offers, and new friends are just a few of many highlights when I was 25.  It was fun, but things got real once college was over.  Today’s post for MakeSandcastlesNotWar celebrates a few highlights that happened at 25.


Even though I started this blog a few weeks before turning 25, it wasn’t until a few months down the road when MakeSandcastlesNotWar took off.  Since my first blogpost about The Witness, MakeSandcastlesNotWar has been an entertaining project for me.  From TV criss-crosses to Weedmaps billboard signs, writing this blog has been quite an adventure.  Other than writing for my fellow followers (shout out to you awesome followers/readers out there!), MakeSandcastlesNotWar has become personal project showcasing my passion of all things entertainment.  Turning 26 means more exciting adventures, more mind-blowing TV criss-crosses, and even more provocative news about the cannabis industry.  Strap yourselves in, folks – the ride is only getting started!

SSU Graduation

What better way to kick off this major year than with something that was so life-changing: college graduation.  A few months after turning 25, I officially graduated at Salem State University.  After completing my schoolwork for 3 & ½ years, I finally graduated from Salem State University for my Bachelor’s Degree in Communications.  With my diploma at hand, I was ready to take on the world.  Little did I know that the ‘Real World’ that was awaiting me would become much more complicated than I ever imagined.  Like many other college graduates, I became a struggling young adult looking to get my voice heard in a major company.  Even still, this cynicism wasn’t going to prevent me from achieving what I want.

Discovering CBD

Earlier I heard about the chemical CBD (cannabidiol) and was curious to try it sometimes.  A few weeks after graduation, I finally got ahold of some CBD vape pens to try out.  After taking a few puffs one night, I felt an incredible rush of happiness and relief.  This was my first night using CBD and I already fell in love with this unique product.  I felt the euphoria and calmness through the pens (without the psychoactive effects that come with THC-infused products).  It has been almost a year since using CBD and now I vape CBD oil for any occasion.  Not only do I enjoy vaping CBD, but I love promoting the product through word-of-mouth or with my blog!

Ticket Booth Worker at Berry Pond

A month into graduation, I landed a summer job at Harold Parker State Forest.  One of my favorite tasks was working at the ticket booth when the park opened.  My job was simple – stay around the booth and collect funding from customers that wanted a pass into the park.  It was so simple and fun at the same time because I had a lot of free time to catch up on some reading.  I’ve some really good titles while waiting around for customers to swing by.  Titles like On the Road and In Cold Blood were some good novels to read.  This was a nice change of pace to be outdoors at a park for my summer job.


After settling into what would be my new home, I gained a lot more self-confidence in myself when it comes to interacting with people.  When I moved into the city last year, I was anxious as hell to start talking to new people around Boston.  I lived in Ipswich for 18 years and this sudden shift into the city really threw off my social game.  It wasn’t until after summer that I gained more confidence in having small talk with strangers I haven’t met before.  Nowadays the trick comes almost natural to me when I interact with people.  Just last week I met a new friend in Boston after some small talk about my new haircut I got earlier.  A few minutes into talking with him and we already made plans to grab drinks after work (which we did on Monday!).

So that’s where my life is at this point – being a young enthusiastic college graduate who is ready to start a new life around Boston and make some new friends along the way.  Life after graduation hasn’t been easy, but I definitely got better at putting myself out there in Boston.  There are a lot of interesting people out there and I’ve become more excited (and less anxious!) about meeting these awesome individuals.

With that, it’s time to say goodbye to 25 and give a warm welcome to 26.  Who knows what zany adventures life will bring me in the future.  Being 25 was fun, but I am definitely looking forward to what life brings as I become a year older.  Here’s to being 26 years old!

MakeSandcastlesNotWar’s One Year Anniversary!


With this crazy snowstorm I’m getting here in Massachusetts, there was only one thing on my mind today…it was the one year anniversary for MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  Wow…I have been writing my blog MakeSandcastlesNotWar for exactly ONE year today!

Well then, I guess it’s time to reflect on the crazy journey of how MakeSandcastlesNotWar got its start.  It was fun, crazy, adventurous, and took a lot of hard work to get this blog moving.  There were topics stemming from all sorts of categories within the entertainment realm.  We looked at the ominous signs of condominium being built around Revere Beach, took field trips to various destinations (Boston’s Grown-Up Muesum, Game Over! Boston, Boston Ski & Snowboard Expo), spotted various TV criss-crosses, looked at the PR nightmare surrounding a gorilla (#DICKSOUTFORHARAMBE), and even literally took this blog to pot after Massachusetts legalized recreational use.

So how did we get here?  How did MakeSandcastlesNotWar start from a personal blog to discussing about Weedmaps signs around the Greater Boston Area?  In order to answer these questions, we’ll have to journey back to the very first post on MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  To start this journey, let’s time travel back to the very first blogpost titled The Witness: Solving the Maze Within Your Mind.  TIME WARP! *Swoosh*
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Here we are…March 14th, 2016.  I was about to graduate from Salem State University in 2 months and was about to kick start my career in public relations after finishing my last semester on December 2015.  I had no clue how to make a name for myself in the real world, so my main focus was playing The Witness while brainstorming ideas.  If you haven’t played already, The Witness is an open world puzzle adventure game where you wander around a large island solving puzzles.  These puzzles were scattered all across the island, seeking clues as to what you do in the game.  Besides the puzzle boards that unlock the lasers, environmental puzzles were hidden everywhere you go.

As I was wandering around the distant island, I was so impressed by this game.  It something I couldn’t stop playing since I was having so much fun discovering the world I was in.  There were no enemies or ‘game over’ concept, just complex puzzles to solve.  That was when I realized that I HAD to spread awareness of this awesome video game title.

To be honest, I have thought about blogging for quite a while since entering Salem State University.  Since I had so many interests, it was hard for me to pinpoint what categories I wanted to dive into with this project.  After hours of playing The Witness, I knew that I found my first topic to write about.  The first post would be an insight for what The Witness was really all about.

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What was the main idea behind playing The Witness?  It was a video game that taught you how your brain works and how it operates as a muscle.  Whenever you discover a new puzzle board, your brain starts to map out various solutions for solving the puzzle.  Your brain is doing the grunt work while your hand just draws out the correct path for the witness.  This is the kind of brain game that was educational as well as philosophical because of the many questions you have when playing through the game.

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Ever since purchasing The Witness last year, I’ve enjoyed every twist and turn the game contained.  The Witness challenged me to gain a different perspective of gaming I never thought about before.  While there were no enemies to fend off, the only challenge you had was against yourself.  This philosophical game initiated what would be the first of many philosophical blog posts discussing various events happening.

Now that we’re done discussing the VERY first post of MakeSandcastlesNotWar, it’s travel back to the present.  TIME WARP! *swoosh*

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Ah…we’re back to the present.  Just one year after The Witness: Solving the Maze Within Your Mind was written.  Ever since then, over 200 posts have been written for the MakeSandcastlesNotWar page.  What’s happened since that first idea for MakeSandcastlesNotWar?

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A SHITLOAD has happened, to be exact!  More posts, more views, lots more followers, and a broader range of topics that still stay within the entertainment spectrum.  We are at 78 followers right now (whoot whoot!) and average at 15-25 views a day.  Netflix has graced us with some unique TV series/films that made for inspiring posts for the blog.  Other than original content, TV criss-crosses have been discovered in all sorts of series.  Some were interesting while others were just downright jaw-dropping!

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MakeSandcastlesNotWar has gained some great recognition within the WordPress community and I am very grateful to see more readers checking out the blog.  Whether you’re a TV/film critic or a pot head searching for the latest in cannabis news, there’s always something for everyone to enjoy.  While I may have my head stuck in La-La Land every now and then, the most important goal is writing the very best content for the viewers.

If you thought that this blog is going steady, you ain’t seen NOTHING yet!  This is just the beginning in what’s in store for the world of MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  And believe me…these sandcastles will become MUCH bigger as time goes on!

Let’s jump forward into the future to see what topics will be entering the blog later this year.  TIME TRAVEL! *swoosh*

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This is it…the future of MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  What surprising topics will we find as time goes on?  Would these topics still touch up on the entertainment world?  Since cannabis topics have been popular lately, what mind-blowing discoveries will we find within the provocative industry?

Listed below are some topics that will be posted for the blog:

  • History of Cannabis prohibition
  • Cary Grant’s Relationship with LSD (Working Title)
  • Yooka-Laylee Review
  • The New Billion Dollar Crop
  • Alcoholics Anonymous and LSD
  • Product Reviews
  • JFK: The 1st Late Night President

As an added bonus, here are some notable figures that I’ll be discussing within the blog as well:

  • Denis Peron
  • Bill Wilson
  • Harambe
  • Timothy Leary
  • The Stanley Brothers
  • Victor Maddox

Before I close out, I wanted to say one thing: THANK YOU.  Thank you to all who enter my blog to read some of my posts!  It is YOU who are the true sandcastle makers of the writing world.  I may be the writer of the blog, but it’s all thanks to you guys for spreading MakeSandcastlesNotWar all across the nations.  You guys continue to inspire me to write each day about something of interest for me.

Always remember this: Make Sandcastles, Not War!