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Curved Papers & CelebStoner Roll Out ‘Roach Clips’ Movie Contest

Curved Rolling Papers and CelebStoner website (a site devoted to chronicling the pot smoking shenanigans of famous entertainers) have teamed up to find the best joint rolling scenes in movie history.

Contestant need only post these scenes (found by searching YouTube and Vimeo) onto the CelebStoner website to enter. Most popular submissions will win free Curved Rolling Papers (Easy To Roll), t-shirts and other fun swag.

CelebStoner publisher Steve Bloom and Curved Papers founder Michael O’Malley will announce the winners on September 22 (the Autumnal Equinox).

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Joint Rolling Summer School “Easy To Roll” With Curved Papers’ Mike O’Malley

Cannabis Industry movers and shakers continue to join in the Zoom fun on Sundays at 4:20pm EST.

Check our our fourth episode this Sunday, as we continue our discussion of the traditional art of rolling joints, still the unsurpassed natural and economical way to get high. It only takes about a minute to roll a joint if you know how. You should! It’s an “essential life skill” according to the late Anthony Bourdain, connoisseur of all things cool. This week we have a New England guest theme.

Michael Cohen, founder of The Pass, a newly launched vertically integrated “Marijuana Dispensary in the Berkshires,” will be on to tell us about his new store in Sheffield, a beautiful place in a beautiful place. thepass.co

Eli Oullette, Advanced Grow Labs in West Haven, and a member of CT NORML will join and talk about his joint rolling style, which is a thing of beauty as well. advancedgrowlabs.com

Speaking of New England, O’Malley invented Curved Papers in Cambridge, while in architecture school at MIT. Curved Papers partner Al Beardsley will also join and talk about the finer points of Curved Papers patented Easy To Roll papers, which include 100% organic hemp NORML Curved Papers, and three new styles, RICE, RICE KING and HEMP KING. Try a mixed four pack sampler! curvedpapers.com/shop/

WANT TO JOIN IN ON THE FUN? DM @curvedpapers or e-mail info@curvedpapers.com for the Zoom Info. All are welcome. #easytoroll #easytolearn #NORMLtoroll #fourpack #toyourdoor

Curved Papers Launches ‘Easy To Roll’ With Mike O’Malley On Sundays This Summer

By Michael O’Malley

As the Founder/CEO of Curved Papers, I’ve traveled the world and, along the way, taught a lot of people how to roll joints. I’ve also met some of the joint rolling virtuosos of the universe.

This summer on Sunday afternoons at 4:20pm EST, I’ll be going live on Zoom with some of my joint rolling friends, to teach novices in this ongoing tradition, known as Roll Your Own (RYO), which dates back centuries and millennia. Knowing how to Roll Your Own is still a big part of daily cannabis life, and the skill will serve you well over your life as a stoner…not to mention make you more popular at parties.

People learn from people, or they learn for themselves. Rolling joints is a nice thing, and over the years I’ve gotten teaching people how to roll down to a science. Well, it’s an art, I suppose.

But it’s like wine and weed, so much detail, and so many preferences. It’s a deep subject, and it touches on so many others, like many traditional practices.

‘Easy To Roll’ will start tomorrow (July 5, 2020) and I will host similar Zoom events every Sunday through Labor Day.

If you want to be on the Zoom call tomorrow or any Sunday, contact me (see below for my info).  Over the Summer many familiar faces from the blazing trail will pop in and show us their tricks. Tune in to see our surprise guest on the first episode tomorrow.

Otherwise, if you just want to follow along and learn a lot about rolling your own, the health benefits, the economics of it, the greenness and sustainability of it, the history of it and the cultures around it, tune in to @curvedpapers on FB and

As a special bonus, anyone who joins the call or comments on the FB or Instagram streams will be eligible to win a classic Curved Papers t-shirt, sure to make you the boss of your neighborhood, at the end of each month!

Curved Papers now offers seven popular styles, each with the Easy To Roll Curved Edge: White, brown, hemp and rice, and two popular sizes.

 


Michael O’Malley can be reached at: info@curvedpapers.com; @curvedpapers; www.curvedpapers.com

Cannabis Now And Curved Papers Launch Rollout Of Three New Styles: RICE, RICE KING & HEMP KING.

NEW YORK: Curved Papers is always innovating. This year they have rounded out their product line with two sizes of another popular kind of paper, called rice, in the 1-1/4 and KSS sizes, and a KSS format organic hemp paper. The NORML Curved Papers are 100% organic hemp at the 1-1/4 size.

curved-riceCannabis Now will carry Curved Papers in an exclusive selection in their new dispensaries all over the country. They will celebrate together at the Cannabis Now flagship store in Beverly Hills, CA.
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CEOs Eugenio Garcia, of Cannabis Now, and Michael O’Malley, of Curved Papers, are old friends of MJBA Founder David Rheins from the Seattle daze, and have always looked for a way to work together. This multi-touchpoint program will include all aspects of Cannabis Now’s extensive media machine, social media, online content and physical presence in the brick & mortar empire of the MSO.

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CURVED PAPERS GIVE YOU AN EDGE

While still finding ways to expand the reach of the easy to roll curved edge, the Great Vape Scare of 2019 sort of fell into Curved Papers’ lap this year. It has led many back to the traditional practice of smoking joints, which continues to dominate overwhelmingly anyway. Doctors and nurses agree, it’s not a bad way to take your meds. It’s not like smoking tobacco cigarettes, and, conversely, vaping is not like smoking a joint.

With a new emphasis on online sales, Curved Papers has introduced a Holiday Mixed Four Pack, in fact, two styles of it. They include each of the three new styles, RICE, RICE KING and HEMP KING, and either the original Curved Papers, our classics, which simply cannot be improved upon, or NORML Curved Papers, which are 100% organic hemp, and support the legalization leadership of NORML with a royalty through a licensing agreement. Help Make Marijuana Legal. Buy These Rolling Papers.

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Curved Papers & CWCBExpo Roll Out NORML FORML LA Sept 25th

CALIFORNIA: On Wednesday, September 25th, 2019, Curved Papers will once again partner with CWCBExpo to present NORML FORML LA, An Evening of Art, Music and Fashion.” The fundraiser for The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws takes place on the eve of the CWCBExpo at The Pattern Bar in the LA’s Fashion District.
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Michael O’Malley, Curved Paper’s CEO and Founder, told MJNews that attendees will be treated to an enchanted evening of artists, activists and entrepreneurs.  “This fundraiser will be the featured charity event of Cannabis Week in LA.” the entrepreneur said. “NORML has provided leadership for the legalization movement for 50 years. They stand to finish the fight, and to continue to fight for the rights and protection of the cannabis consumer.”
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Attendees will be treated to speeches by Dale Gieringer and Ellen Komp of CA NORML, and Bruce Margolin of LA NORML. as well as a show of music, art and fashion, music by Stunt Double and a Medical Marijuana Series by artist Jacob Wheeler.
“The spirit of cooperation and progress that drives the NORML FORML will bring together .Coms, .Orgs, .EDUs and .GOVs.,” O’Malley said.

Tickets to NORML FORML LA are $75 and available at Eventbrite.

420MEDIA Trailblazers In Cannabis: Curved Papers CEO Michael O’Malley

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Digital marketing agency 420MEDIA and the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) have joined forces to create a series highlighting entrepreneurs trailblazing the cannabis scene. Each week, we profile a noteworthy business pioneer, and ask each 5 questions. This week we talk to trailblazer Michael O’Malley, CEO of Curved Papers.

 1. Tell us about your company

Curved Papers is a rolling papers company founded on my invention, the ‘Easy To Roll’ Curved Edge. Curved Papers literally give you an edge.  We just got our first patent. Curved Papers are easy to roll. We have four types of paper at two sizes, and  we make 100% organic hemp Curved Papers under a licensing agreement with NORML.

curved-papers12. Why did you choose the cannabis/hemp business?

Though rolling papers have been traditionally a tobacco product for centuries, in North America they are largely used for cannabis. We are weed people, not cigarette people, so it was natural for us to focus on our native market. Because of the Tobacco Control Act (TCA) of 2007, we couldn’t make the papers here in the US, so we went to Canada. We made the first Curved Papers and great connections up there, and we are becoming a top brand in Canada as a result.

We will go to Europe and pick up the much larger (25x) tobacco market in 2019. European Cannabis is the next wave, so we’re already working on complementing our tobacco relationships with contacts in that market. We have done a bit of work on hemp plastics and other bioplastics for doob tubes and rolling trays. We are an innovation company. I’m an MIT graduate in architecture, but mostly worked as a digital media consultant and software engineer throughout my career.

 3. What change will your firm address in the industry? Does it address an unmet need?

Ease of use is always good to sell in any market. Of the many ways to consume marijuana, four of the top five are smoking or inhaling. Nobody gets cancer from smoking joints. Rolling joints is a natural tradition. Flower, paper and fire. E-Z Widers are not actually easy, they are just too much paper and the paper is too heavy. Cut corners are still around, and they are good. But the easy to roll curved edge is ten times better. So, not so much an unmet need, but progress in an area where many people will appreciate it, experts and novices alike. Curved Papers is like power steering for rolling a doobie. 

4. What has been the reaction to your product/service/technology?

I can honestly say the people love Curved Papers. It has been quite gratifying. My kids are proud of me. I mean, I have people with carpal tunnel syndrome, Parkinson’s, and MS dropping their crutches and dancing a jig. Really. It’s dramatic. I have never heard the word brilliant so many times in my life. It’s a trip! Experts like them, too. They are just nice.

 5. Are there any upcoming milestones for your company?

We have established a major distribution relationship and gotten a patent recently. We hope to be in 10 cities by the end of the year. On the ‘Find Stores’ page of www.curvedpapers.com, you can see that we have started in Detroit and Toronto, but have a handful of stores around the country in other cities where we have focused for our initial rollout.

Where can readers learn more?

www.curvedpapers.com is our main website. You can e-mail info@curvedpapers.com any time. Also, our handle is @curvedpapers on many social media platforms. We also have a special website for retailers and their staffs, retailers.curvedpapers.com.

A New Twist On Rolling Your Own: Curved Papers

The Rolling Papers Industry and Curved Papers Manufacturing

by Michael O’Malley

Our package design was born of necessity, like many inventions. I had to make Curved Papers myself; they are a true innovation, and no one was set up to make them when we started. It is a non-trivial issue to introduce fundamental innovation in a big established industry. In the way I came up with to make them, the packaging is integral. For decades now, most papers come interleaved. But some are still sold flat. We have been able to use the flat papers to prepare the Curved Papers booklets. I developed a post-process to cut rectangular booklets of flat papers that were complete except for the easy to roll curved edge. The package and the papers are the same shape, and we cut the papers right in the package.

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Package and Label, and Contents If we could deliver the product without a package, that would be preferable in some ways. This is one of our guiding principles. If you take all 50 leaves out of a fresh pack of Curved Papers package, in your other hand is the packaging. It’s trash. It should be minimal and recyclable. Reduce, re-use, recycle! I’ve seen so much bad packaging from this standpoint already in the tobacco and cannabis aspects of the rolling papers industry. On the tobacco side, they strain for innovation, and have come out with a lot of really horribly un-ecological stuff, like heavy disposable packaging that has metal or plastic hinges and a magnet clasp.

We have tried to stay away from any plastic or metal and we’re trying to source more and more eco-friendly adhesives for the one spot where we stick the sleeve together. We may be able to solve that with an interlocking tab approach. We keep working at it. Packaging should normally be informative about its contents. Curved Papers package reveals the Easy To Roll Curved Edge.

Ecology Recycling is a huge frontier for humanity. I believe all packaging should be designed for its entire life cycle. There are many great ideas percolating in this regard. I have seen plastic six-pack holders that were made of edible hemp plastic, so that instead of strangling sea turtles, it feeds them. Our packaging is paper, and could be made of hemp. In any case, it’s readily recyclable. And we print “don’t litter” and “recycle” on it. We are going to keep on getting better at it. Plastic bottled water is the single biggest disaster in packaging history. curvedtee Branding A critical aspect of the packaging is what we draw and write on it. On the branding front we have developed the name and logo and colors (navy and purple), and the purple smoke motif, homage to Jimi Hendrix. Curved is a big word. Not only the package shows the shape of the papers, the logo shows the curved edge. It’s all pretty smiley. We’ve now done Curved Canada and Curved Mexico in response to political events. We have the ability to white label topically, to be journalistic; and for commercial purposes, too, to print branded Curved Papers as promotional items, or to private label for licensees. The package has become a platform. As one of the oldest industries, rolling papers has a rich history of evolving packaging design. My friend, Paul Rolhom, has a collection of 13,500 booklets from as far back as the early 1700’s.

They are amazing. So we wanted to have a beautiful enough package to be compared in such a grand tradition. We have been included in Paul’s amazing collection. Actually, we’re in kind of a golden age on the cannabis side, and this rolling paper package tradition goes forward. Everybody and their kin can now each easily have their own branded papers, and this has been a lot of fun the past couple of years. You can even print on the rolling papers now. Who would want to do that? People smoke weird things, but ink? Makes no sense. There are so many bad ideas out there.

Regulatory Compliance There are all kinds of local and regional and international standards and they are constantly changing. Everywhere you go, there are different regulations, and you have to have a certain level of business in the area to justify the separate print jobs required for specific compliant text and markings.

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Other Good Ideas on Packaging from Curved Papers

  • HEMP Tube 

I have to talk about a pet peeve and mystery that is bothering me. When I first visited Denver, for the first MJBA Denver Meetup, I went to a dispensary and tried to buy a joint. The whole experience was interesting, after buying weed on the streets of New York and Boston my whole life. The packaging aspect of it was perplexing. First of all, you couldn’t get a joint, you had to buy a cone. It’s funny how people have strong preferences about these things. After all, it’s a habit. Habits are easy to develop, and hard to change. But I hate cones. Cones are for people who can’t roll joints. They make no sense otherwise. The most horrifying thing was that the wretched cone came in a big PLASTIC tube, bigger than it really had to be, too, since it should have been for a joint, not a cone. It was huge. Curved Papers has developed a new product, a sleek tube that holds one joint, and is made of biodegradable HEMP. I would like to know the politics and economics of how the people who got the contracts to produce pre-packaged doobies got them, and how they came to introduce cones as the standard, and plastic tubes. I think the FDA may have been involved and required the plastic tubes? Any investigative journalists from Colorado want to help me out? curvedblunts

  • Curved Blunts

We also see the beauty of having the cigarette wrap be made of the same material as the smoking material, like hemp or tobacco. Of course it’s quite popular to mix them. Hence our other new product: CURVED BLUNTS.

  • Hemp Wear

We have begun a new t-shirt joint venture to provide a platform for a t-shirt museum and on-demand one-off t-shirt printing, with crowd-pricing for popular styles. Pushing the brand out through appropriate product and merchandise channels is another revenue opportunity.

 


A Hierarchy of Packaging Values Integrated Product Enhancement: Packaging exists first and foremost to optimize the delivery of the product. Sustainability: Too much packaging is generally bad. More contents, less packaging. Green packaging.

Brand Manifestation: Packaging is often the most important, and is clearly a literal, branding touch point. Compliance: There are regulatory packaging and labeling requirements which must be fulfilled by packaging.


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 Curved Papers And NORML Partner On Hemp Rolling Papers

NEW YORK: Michael O’Malley sees the world through a convex lens. The MIT-educated CAD architect believes “The Best Things In Life Are Curved” and has applied that principle to create new product innovation in the 400 year-old rolling paper industry.  With its patent-pending “Easy To Roll”  curved edge, Curved Papers’ full line of rolling paper products is receiving rave reviews from the canna press — including features in DOPE, High Canada, Dankr.ca and Freedom Leaf — and making waves in the $5 Billion global rolling paper industry.

 “NORML rolling papers are yet another avenue to both enjoy a product that we all appreciate and support the work that makes its consumption legal.”

“NORML rolling papers are yet another avenue to both enjoy a product that we all appreciate and support the work that makes its consumption legal.”

This week, O’Malley announced a partnership with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) to introduce NORML-branded Curved Rolling Papers, which will be available in commercial retail stores beginning this November, just in time for holiday shopping. Made from 100% hemp, and crafted with the signature curved edge, the strategic partnership will create an ongoing revenue stream to support the non-profit’s historic advocacy.

“NORML rolling papers are yet another avenue to both enjoy a product that we all appreciate and support the work that makes its consumption legal.” NORML Outreach Director Kevin Mahmalji said.

At the National NORML Conference and Lobby Day in Washington D.C. this September, O’Malley addressed the awards assembly, saying “we’re very proud to be associated with NORML. This commercial program will help sustain the world-changing work that NORML does to protect personal freedom and reform our nation’s marijuana laws.”

NORML rolling papers will be 1-1/4 size, 100% organic hemp papers, with Curved Papers‘ easy to roll edge. Retailers and distributors are invited to contact Curved Papers for a  free sample: momalley@curvedpapers.com

Celebrating 50 Years Of NORML

By Michael O’Malley

NEW YORK: Today is a good day to wish NORML happy birthday. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws hold its annual national conference today and tomorrow. NORML celebrates 50 YEARS OF ACTIVISM this year with a high impact, information rich webinar. This iconic cannabis brand and historic advocacy continues to roll on into the next fifty years of consumer protection, still strongly focused on legalization.

In the conference webinar, national NORML leaders are providing their members and chapter leadership, and other activists and supporters with facts and strategies to augment and enhance their activism in their states and spheres of influence.

NORML President Erik Altieri opened the festivities with a rousing address, followed by NORML Founder Keith Stroup greeting the conference in a taped segment. From there the conference proceeds over all the issues and contests facing the nation and the states.

Tune in, donate! Click here:

We need NORML now more than ever. They are busier than ever and having more success. There is still so much to do as this transition continues to roll across the country and around the globe.

Curved Papers supports NORML under a licensing agreement to produce 100% organic hemp NORML Curved Papers.

HELP MAKE MARIJUANA LEGAL.  BUY THESE ROLLING PAPERS!

“We’re very proud to be associated with NORML. This commercial program will help sustain the world-changing work that NORML does to protect personal freedom and reform our nation’s marijuana laws.”

Watch or join “Easy To Roll” Sundays at 4:20pm Eastern Time Sunday School for Rolling Joints.
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‘Easy To Roll’ W/ Mike Every Sunday @ 4:20 EST

Can you roll a joint? In today’s legal cannabis culture, being able to twist up a respectable doobie is “essential,” according to Curved Papers founder Michael O’Malley.

Inventor, entrepreneur, MIT Grad and longtime pot smoker, O’Malley invented a new kind of rolling paper whose patented curved edges make it “Easy To Roll.”

As a public service, O’Malley has been invited cannabis industry professionals to join him on a ZOOM meetup, “Easy To Roll With Mike O’Malley’ every Sunday at 4:20 EST.  On the call, participants share tips, tricks and joint rolling stories…and much more!

WANT TO JOIN IN ON THE FUN? DM @curvedpapers or e-mail info@curvedpapers.com for the Zoom Info. All are welcome. #easytoroll #easytolearn #NORMLtoroll #fourpack #toyourdoor