Friday, January 19, 2018

Charity Cannabis Calendar for Veterans Censored by State

Our Editor in Chief, Kat Thomas recently wrote an article that was featured in the Cannabis website Civilized entitled Charity Cannabis Calendar for Veterans Censored by State about The Emerald Dames of Sin City.  Check it out below!
 

Charity Cannabis Calendar for Veterans Censored by State

By Kat Thomas

You can't fight City Hall, but one group of Cannabis Pin-Ups is doing just that to help raise money for Veterans suffering from PTSD!

From Betty Grable donning the nose of WW2 fighter plane to Rosie the Riveter arching her back for the cause, throughout history pictures of pretty ladies have help raised money for Active Duty Service Members and Veterans. So with that in mind, in August of 2017, Cannabis photography company Dope Foto and Cannabis entertainment group The Green Light District came together to create the inaugural issue of The Emerald Dames of Sin City, a Las Vegas Charity Pinup Calendar.

“For us, creating the calendar is a way to rally public support for Veterans rights to utilize Cannabis once they’ve returned home from serving our country,” notes producer Julia Reed Nichols, who's company Do Right Industries produced the calendar. “Thus, 10% of the proceeds from The Emerald Dames of Sin City will go to the award-winning Cannabis non-profit Grow For Vets.” Grow for Vets is a tax exempt organization that helps Veterans with PTSD, TBI, chronic pain, and other serious medical conditions obtain and grow Cannabis. In 4 years since forming, the group has served more than 40,000 Veterans and given away $1.5 million in free Cannabis to Veterans in states where medical Marijuana is legal.

A Marijuana user due to epilepsy, the combination of Pin-Ups, Cannabis, and raising money for Veterans was the perfect fit for Nichols. The last of those being something she knows quite a lot about. In the last three years Nichols' entertainment company Pin-Ups on Tour (a division of Do Right Industries) has donated $50,000 in free Veteran tickets and monetary donations to Veteran non-profits such as AmVets, Heels For Combat Boots, Recon Sniper Foundation, Pin-Ups For Vets, American Legion posts, VFW posts, and Grow For Vets. Her Pin-Ups on Tour shows have been performed in 45 states bringing together 9,000 people to support our troops. She has been able to donate over 2,400 tickets to Veterans, and have been able to entertain close to 3,000 Active Duty and Veteran Service Members in our nation's VA Hospitals and Veterans Homes.

The cost of the creation of the project (photography; hiring models, makeup artists, and hairstylists; wardrobe; and printing of the calendar) was offset by potential sponsorship of each page month (and the cover) by a different Marijuana brand. In the end 4 Cannabis brands chose to participate, 3 of which are MMEs (Medical Marijuana Establishments).

Although the calendar itself is a piece of editorial work, sponsorship of a month by an MME was considered advertisement which required the MME submit it to the Department of Taxation, the Marijuana Enforcement Division.

The 6x6 inch calendar was printed in early November and pre-sales commenced. An article was even published in Civilized during Veterans Day week about the work we were doing. All that was left to do was wait for State approval for our 3 MME sponsored pages. But on 11/29, weeks after our MMEs had submitted, 2 out 3 of our MME pictures were rejected by the Department of Taxation.

The two images in questions: January which was an image of a stylish lady in a sequined sparkly gown holding a unlit joint in one raised hand and a jar containing Marijuana flower in the other; and February which was an image of a Pin-Up chef holding a flour dusted wooden spoon close to her happily grinning mouth. According to the State, both indicated “Intent to Consume.”

This rejection this was a surprise to both the producers and sponsors. “As a photographer in the Cannabis industry for 3 years, I am plenty aware of the state regulations in regards to consumption of Cannabis in photographs,” notes calendar photographer and producer Shannon Dorn of Dope Foto. “We made sure all models were in the safe zone at all photo shoots; no one was to consume and no one was to look as though they were consuming.”

But with the potential for the sponsors to be fined $50K or more, The Emerald Dames of Sin City had to figure out a solution. Within 24hrs, we sent our contact at the Department of Taxation, Marijuana Enforcement Division alternative photos from which they could chose a replacement image. Thus, allowing us to sticker over the censored images and release the calendar while still including our sponsors.

The Nevada Marijuana Enforcement Division's decisions on whether advertisements are acceptable are ruled by committee. “Their choices can seem very arbitrary at times,” states Nichols. “It's like that old statement about pornography... I'll know it when I see it.” Recently an advertisement for a Cannabis infused beverage company's Mango flavored product was rejected by the State because it included shots of Mango fruit in the ad. The explanation: Kids like fruit and thus the picture could potentially be advertising to children...

In mid December, two weeks after our MMEs resubmitted their images, our December month MME received an email stating that their January MME picture (the same MME sponsored January and December, just with different specific brands) was rejected because the model was holding an alcoholic beverage. Yet that statement is erroneous as the January model is holding, as previously noted, a jar of flower and not an alcoholic drink.

The Marijuana Enforcement Division also informed this MME that The Emerald Dames of Sin City cover image and our June page were also reasons the calendar could potentially get rejected. Their rational was that the cover image involved consuming vape pens. But although the pen is near our models lips, it is not in fact touching. And as for our June image, the State was inclined to dismiss it because the image showed “the model with what would assumed to be an alcoholic drink. Yes it technically 'could be juice,' etc. but the perception of a martini glass or a glass of anything at what appears to be a party would be alcohol.”

It is illegal for advertising images to include both alcohol and Marijuana in the same shot. Yet our model held in her hands a martini glass full of blue sugar water and nothing more. The glass was chosen to indicate a classy time not alcohol, to indicate sophistication not booze. A glass is just a vessel, technically defined as “a drinking container.” What is inside of it, ice cream, water, or alcohol, defines it's specific use.

But these details are unimportant as the Department of Taxation, Marijuana Enforcement Division does not have a right to regulate these images at all as these pictures were editorial pages from the calendar, not MME advertisements.

All of this red tape is never good for business. “We had numerous pre-orders on this charity calendar from Veterans across the nation wanting to give it as a Christmas gift...,” notes Nichols. “We were sitting on 3,000 calendars that we couldn't legally distribute. Calendars are timely in nature; they usually only sell from a window of November to February. This means to raise the most money possible for Grow For Vets the product needs to be available as soon as possible.” To add to the frustration, this calendar is the fastest selling pinup calendar Do Right Industries has ever produced.

Due to the seasonal nature of calendars and the fiduciary responsibility we have to Grow For Vets, The Emerald Dames of Sin City has decided to sticker over our 3 MME sponsored pages of the calendar (and the back cover with their logos). This will make the calendar fully editorial. “Once our MMEs have heard from the State, we'll be happy to sell the complete calendar,” notes Nichols. “But until then, this was our only course of action without having them receive a hefty fine.”

“On a larger note, we felt we needed to let the world know the state of bureaucracy when it comes to Cannabis advertising policies in the state of Nevada,” continues Nichols. “We set out to make a fun charity calendar to bring the Cannabis Community of Las Vegas together, but the degree of hoops we've had to try and jump through on this experience has reached Kafka-esque levels. This is a Marijuana experience that needs to be more known by people looking to do Cannabis business in Nevada.”

But for right now there's stickering to be done! Because despite a few bureaucratic bumps, there's still 3,000 calendars to be distributed and sold. With The Green Light District negotiating shows for the upcoming months in Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle, The Emerald Dames of Sin City with be hitting the road as merchandise at these events.

For at the end of the day the focus has always been about raising money for a great Cannabis non-profit. “There are Veterans out there who need help, and contributions from this calendar do our part in making this happen,” notes photographer Shannon Dorn. “It's only right that we do what we set out to do: raise funds Grow For Vets so they can help Veterans find a safer and alternative medicine through Cannabis.”

You can order your calendar for The Emerald Dames of Sin City online at thegldexperience.com You can either purchase one for yourself or donate to a Veteran allowing your calendar to be distributed in GFV Cannabis care packages.

Kat Thomas is the Co-Owner of The Green Light District, a Las Vegas/Los Angeles Cannabis entertainment company. She is also the CEO of the creative media company This Way Adventures.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

I DRONE Red Rock Canyon!



During the New Year's Day vacation we took "The Beebs" aka Parrot Bebop 2 Power out for a spin!  This time at Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas, NV!

Cinematography by Kat Thomas, Editor In Chief of Edible Skinny. and Matthew Bourquardez!

Music by Caitlin Comeskey for The Green Light District!

Friday, January 5, 2018

I DRONE Manahawkin (Snow Day!)


Once again we took "The Beebs" aka Parrot Bebop 2 Power in action, again!  This time for our I Drone Manahawkin (Snow Day) video!

Manahawkin is the hometown of the Thomas Gals (Kat and Kelly Thomas).  While there, a epic snowstorm happened (not a common occurence in South Jersey), so our Editor In Chief Kat Thomas, decided to take The Beebs for some flytime courtesy the vantage point of a certain red costumed white bearded flyboy! ;-)

Aerial Drone Footage from the following locations: Manahawkin Lake, Old Manahawkin Baptist Church, and Manahawkin United Methodist Church!

Cinematography by Kat Thomas, Editor In Chief of Edible Skinny!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Just Doobie It... Cannabis Goes Mainstream at The Las Vegas Convention Center with MJ BIZ Con



The Ladies of The Emerald Dames of Sin City  - Photo by Dope Foto
It makes me feel the way I need to feel.”
--Snoop Dogg

Welcome to High Standards... With marijuana now legal in 29 states medically, recreationally in 8 states (with California coming on board as of Jan. 1st), the cannabis industry is one of the fastest growing businesses in the history of our modern economy. Weed is now a $7 billion dollar a year industry, in the United States alone.

Every year, new markets open up in the United States and across the world. And with that in mind a few weeks ago Edible Skinny was lucky enough to experience the expansive growth of the cannabis industry at MJ BIZ Con, sponsored by Marijuana Business Daily.

Founded in early 2011, Marijuana Business Daily focuses solely on Cannabusiness and the investors who back them. This industry keeps growing which lead to the natural expansion of the conference this year.

When the conference began in 2012 there were 400 people in attendance. This grew exponentially with 2016 seeing 10,881 visitors. In 2017 this number doubled to 18,500 cannabis business leaders and investors with 38 countries represented.

This year’s MJ BIZ Con saw a venue change from the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino to the Las Vegas Convention Center (where they occupied 300k sq ft of Expo Hall Space). The conference expanded extensively from 9 Tracks to 45 Sessions to 110+ Speakers and 678 Exhibitors. So with all these opportunities Edible Skinny was able to taste the rainbow of cannabis (business) experiences!

Our MJ BIZ Con commenced early with the ladies of The Emerald Dames of Sin City (Shannon Dorn of Dope Foto and Julia Reed Nichols of The Green Light District) at the CLAB Pitchfest Party sponsored by ArcView Group, and Altitude Products. 

Held at Casa de Shenandoah (aka Wayne Newton's house), the event attended by thousands, featured Elvis impersonators, showgirls, and munchies galore with a plethora of food trucks surrounding the building. The ArcView Group raises capital from cannabis industry taste makers and helps find strategic partners to bring cannabusinesses to the next level. With 600 members, ArcView Group have helped fund 150 companies with over $150 million dollars of capital invested. Atltidue Products is the creator of The Weekend Box (as Birchbox for weed), along with having the licensing rights to some of the cannabis industry's most established brands for the state of Nevada.

Flower Power! The next day it was off to the largest cannabis convention in the country. While walking the floor we ran into cannabis media movers and shakers Dr. Lloyd Covens (editor of West420 Newsweekly), Karen Paull and Wendy Robbins of The Marijuana Show (aka the "Shark Tank for Legal Cannabis Businesses), Canna Influencer Alice Moon, and Ashley Manta of CannaSexual.

Of course I know how to roll a joint.”
--Martha Stewart

Let's get medicated! There were plenty of intriguing activations. MJ Freeway Business Solutions was the very first seed-to-sale tracking for the industry starting in 2010. This year MJ Freeway brought an oculus rift virtual experience to MJ BIZ to show how their technology platform can help experiences such as cultivations, laboratories, and dispensaries.

While walking the floor we discovered the world’s first planter with antimicrobial silver created by Miami based The Bucket Company. This nifty planter can be stacked in numerous versions of rows, has attachments for tools for trimming, and comes in a multitude of colors... including pink!

We continued on to sample the fabulous Marley Natural Chapstick. The hemp seed based product also contains coconut and sunflower seed oils as well as cocoa butter and vitamin E. The result was an uber healing experience for desert dry lips that left our smackers feeling soft, healthy, and extremely smooth.

An so the cannabis industry grows... word on the street is that next year's MJ BIZ Con would accommodate up to 40,000 attendees... and with that so does the other green (of more and more zeros).

So in the immortal words of Stewie Griffin, “Everything is better with a bag of weed.” Here's to 2018 being full of green, in a multitude of forms!

FYI, the next event hosted by Marijuana Business Daily will be MJBizConNEXT in New Orleans in May 2018.

Kat Thomas is the Editor in Chief of Edible Skinny, a site dedicated to making your life postcardworthy. She is also the CEO of the creative media company This Way Adventures.
You can find more about both brands at http://www.thiswayadventures.com

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

DAOU Vineyards and Winery - ES DOES PASO ROBLE


After the charming sidetracking of our olive oil adventure we then continued on our tasting at the gorgeous DAOU Vineyards and Winery.  

The French brothers of Georges and Daniel Daou grew up drinking wine at every family meal.  This day in/day out ritual compelled them to fall in love with the communal aspects of wine.  Years later after brothers had immigrated to California and made their mark in computerizing hospital records, they decided to revisit this love.  The brothers flew to Napa, explored Temecula, in the end they spent seven year circumnavigating California for the perfect spot for their winery.   The place they eventually staked their flag was the ideal expression of terroir, with the soil of Boudreaux France but the climate of Napa.  And so in 2008, they settled on top of the DAOU Mountain in the Adelaida District of Paso Robles with a vision is to make California “first-growth” wine, fulfilling the district’s destiny as the world’s next benchmark for Bordeaux varieties.  Every year the winery holds a grand ball with themes such as The Great Gatsby and James Bond celebrating their luck in finding the perfect place for their wine adventure.   
 
Everything at DAOU is done the classic French way, no additives, no filtering, no clarifiers, no watering of the grapes.  “We are purist, we want to focus on the wine,” states Daniel Dou.  “I try and make wine by what I’m trying to express.”  One of Daniel’s favorite wines, a Soul of A Lion was named after the title of his father’s memoirs.  This primarily Cabernet based wine, is a swirling adventure of vanilla and blackberries.  It the perfect glass to enjoy on their tasting room’s patio or lawn terrace, overlooking the vineyards with panoramic views at an elevation of 2,200 feet.  It like DAOU’s other wines, was a smashing success receiving a 96 from Wine Advocate.  

The DAOU brothers founded the Paso Robles Cab Collective, a consortium of wineries in the Paso area helping to uplift the region as a whole.  “You don't make a region with one winery,” notes Daniel.   “Wineries, we’re shy but we need to work together.”  His philosophy, don’t compete with Napa, instead celebrate the specialness of the Paso Robles area.  “With that I believe we can go toe to toe with Napa.”  





Saturday, December 23, 2017

TWAS the Last Weeks of Shopping PART TWO


'Twas the last days of shopping and all through the land,

There were people purchasing for friends, family, and their assistants de right-hand.

So we made a list of some of Edible Skinny's favorites for under the tree!

They're presents perfect, much more practical than the proverbially requested pony! ;-)


For The Lazy One in Your Life
Davines Hair Refresher
This dry cleansing mist is the perfect excuse to sleep in. A dry shampoo that offers a touch of hold, Davines Hair Refresher, brings hair back to life fostering the right amount of lift and texture. Complete with odor neutralizing particles this simple solution give your locks that freshly showered scent while refreshing style. Davines Hair Refresher is the ultimate time saver, taking you from greasy to glam in just a few seconds.
Available at www.amazon.com for $28.50.

For The Budding Steven Spielberg -
Parrot Bebop 2 Power – FPV Pack
Let the world be your cinema with the Parrot Bebop 2 Power – FPV Pack! This is the perfect gift for the Budding Steven Spielberg. With more than 60 minutes battery life (2 batteries) of flight time per charge and a range of up to 2 km with the WiFi HD 720p transmission system and the Parrot Skycontroller 2, you can push the limits of your aerial exploration. Experience no limits, time belongs to you!
Available at www.parrot.com for $599.9

For Those Looking To Embrace The Jet Setter Beauty
Eleni and Chris Anti-Aging Night Cream
Let's celebrate the Holidays with looking great for year's to come! Hydrating and anti-aging night cream rich in antioxidants with a rich but still light texture, which quickly absorbs into the skin. The Scandinavian beauty company Eleni & Chris (named for mother-daughter creators) their Anti-Aging Night Cream, provides a Scandinavian glow by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This night cream regenerates and restores by providing deep moisture and volume overnight for more youthful, healthier skin. Here's to being forever young!
Available at http://eleniandchris.com for $106

For the Veteran Looking to Spark One Up in Celebration
Warfighter Tobacco
The Nebraska based Warfighter Tobacco Company is dedicated to Warfighters, America, and Cigars. Owned and operated by combat Veterans, their philosophy is that warfighting is tough work and throughout history, at the end of the mission, when one of our members goes down, or it is time to celebrate victory, the warfighter has done so with a cigar in hand. So support the cause! Their Smok'n Gear Combo Pack includes: the ultra-versatile Smok'n Gear, 4 Cigars in your choice of Robusto or Toro, Firebird Lighter Firebird Guillotine Cutter, and a Full sized Boveda 60 G 72%. So embrace your inner Warfighter!
Available at http://www.warfightertobacco.com for $129.99

For the Starlet in the Making... PART TWO
Deck of Scarlet
The makeup subscription service Deck of Scarlet just launched another makeup palette just in time for the holiday season! All the products you need to create multiple makeup looks in one palette. Deck of Scarlet delivers a different makeup palette to your door every other month that was crafted in collaboration with a popular YouTuber. Each cruelty free, paraben free palette comes with eight or nine makeup products and YouTube tutorials to see each palette's range! And 'tis always the season to party with Edition No. 5 full of pinks and golds that allows for both fun and stunning!
Available at http://www.deckofscarlet.com for $29.95

For the Cannabis Connoisseur Counting Down to January 1st
The Emerald Dames of Sin City Cannabis Charity Pinup Calendar
On January 1st Recreational Cannabis commences in California. And there's no better way to celebrate with The Emerald Dames of Sin City Charity Cannabis Calendar. A “joint collaboration” between The Green Light District and Dope Foto that was designed to bring the Las Vegas Cannabis Community together. 10% of sales of this calendar will benefit the award winning Cannabis non-profit Grow For Vets! Grow For Vets has given $1.6 million dollars in Marijuana to Veterans to combat PTSD and TBI. So let's celebrate 420 and 710 every month!
Available at http://thegldexperience.com/ for $10

For January 1st Dieter
The MasterBlaster
Hello to a flawless body 2018! The ultimate advanced tool by Ashley Black,creator of the FasciaBlaster. We here at Edible Skinny, are obsessed with this spider webbing that keeps your brain in your skull, your muscle in line, and your organs where their supposed to be. Fascia is the head-to-toe, fingertip-to-fingertip, inside-to-out connective tissue. Black's newest product, the MasterBlaster, combines the detailed approach of the FaceBlaster (small claws) with the leverage and reach of the original FasciaBlaster (a sizable rod length). So grab one and start blasting into a better body in 2018!
Available at https://www.fasciablaster.com for $124.99

Kat Thomas is the Editor in Chief of Edible Skinny, a site dedicated to making your life postcard worthy. She is also the CEO of the creative media company This Way Adventures. You can find more about both brands at http://www.thiswayadventures.com

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Twas the Last Weeks of Shopping PART ONE




Twas the Last Weeks of Shopping: A Holiday Gift Guide For World Domination... PART ONE
By Kat Thomas

‘Twas the last weeks of shopping and all through the land,

There were people purchasing for friends, family, and their assistants de right-hand.

So we made a list of some of Edible Skinny’s favorites for under the tree!

They're presents perfect; much more practical than that proverbially requested pony. ;-)

For Anyone Wanting to Shine Just a Bit Brighter
SAND & SKY – Purifying Pink Clay Mask
Give your skin a winter holiday with Australian skincare SAND & SKY.  Created with a unique blend of ingredients from the purest and untouched lands of Down Under, including Australian Pink Clay.  Detoxify and brighten, not only will your pores be less visible, but the clay mask also gives an immediate glow to your skin after the first use.  This was the best mud mask Edible Skinny has ever used!
It was also the most taunt mud mask we’ve ever used, with our entire face being locked into a detoxifying shell.  And the numbers back it up, after one use 92% of customers saw immediate results, 83% agreed their skin was visibly cleansed.
SAND & SKY Brilliant Skin is available at www.sandandsky.com for $49.90.

For the All Day Hiker to All Night Sunset Blvd Partier
Davines Authentic Replenishing Butter for Body, Face, and Hair
The perfect product to take those dry winter blues away!  Dive into moisture with this luxurious three-in-one.  The perfect pampering for whatever needs repair, Davines Authentic Replenishing Butter, with its light scent and rich moisture will have you radiating from head to toe.  Perfect for travel this dynamite do-it-all is made with 98% natural derived ingredients including organic Carthame oil.  Davines Authentic Replenishing Butter gave us shiner hair and had us feeling baby soft. Treat every part of you this holiday season!
Available at www.birchbox.com for $38.50.
 
For the Starlet in the Making...
MODA Mythical 6 Pro Makeup Brushes 6pc Star Travel Kit
Mythical and magic these shiny pink, brushes pack some major unicorn sparkle!  With wet/dry application and a waterproof metallic handle putting on makeup has never been so fun!
MODA Brushes were created by parent company Royal & Langnickel, the leading paint brush company on the art market. These professional brushes take key learnings from their heritage and apply these details to make them some of the best on the market with 36 types of brushes. From product development to manufacturing and distribution, MODA’s vertical silo allows them to pass on an affordable price to their clients.
100% vegan and soft as cotton candy clouds the MODA Mythical Travel Kit includes brushes for: precision, powder, complexion, crease, shader and single liner. Plus they come with a sparkle zip pouch that shimmers so bright, it will never get lost at bottom of your bag. These brushes offer a light touch, perfect for a natural look. Affordable and fun, they give you an excuse to sparkle every day of the week!
Available at www.walmart.com

For Those Jealous of Their Toddlers Complexion
Ceramiracle's First Light The Serum
The secret to radiant baby soft skin!  Eugene He, founder of Ceramiracle, has been fascinated by the question of youthful skin since he was young.  After a ton of research, he found that the Vernix Caseos, a thick, wax-like substance that covers babies for weeks before birth, acts as a baby’s “first beauty product,” as it covers, moisturizes, and protects the baby’s delicate skin. After two years of tireless work, Eugene created the perfect formula: a plant-derived alternative with all the beneficial properties of the Vernix Caseosa.
Unlike many products on the market, First Light The Serum doesn’t just sit on top of the skin.  It instead, works with your skin to strengthen its natural barrier and restore its softness and smoothness.  Fortified with botanical extracts of Wakame cell culture, White Lupin Seed, and Phytoceramides, now the womb won’t be the only place you can get baby-soft, radiant skin.
Available at www.ceramiracle.com for $89.00

Kat Thomas is the Editor in Chief of Edible Skinny, a site dedicated to making your life postcard worthy. She is also the CEO of the creative media company This Way Adventures.  You can find more about both brands at http://www.thiswayadventures.com