HONU Wins “Best Cannabis Brand Design” 2016 in MJBA/OMD Poll.

WASHINGTON:  Cowlitz county Tier 3 producer HONU was named “Best Cannabis Brand Design 2016” in an online poll published by Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) and Online Marijuana Design (OMD Agency).  More than 1500 votes were cast in the MJBA/OMD Facebook Survey, which asked cannabis industry participants to vote for the best cannabis brand designs of 2016.

HONU’s Hawaiian-flavored design featuring a stylized sea turtle garnered the brand a total of 245 votes.  “Turtles have always been important to the local Hawaiian people as they provided spiritual influence, tools, food and clothing. But the Hawaiians never “took” from the turtles lightly, they always revered the turtles,” the company’s website proclaims. “We have chosen this as the name for our business as it embodies what we hold sacred as a team.”

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Results of the vote were announced at the recent “HOT BOX: The Best Marijuana Design and Packaging 2016” seminar in Tacoma. Team Honu was on hand to accept the award from MJBA founder/executive director David Rheins.  The Hot Box seminar took place June 2, 2016 in the historic Union Bank of California building in Tacoma, WA.

The event was produced by the Marijuana Business Association. Online Marijuana Design was the event’s presenting sponsor.  VIP Sponsors included Great Pacific Packaging, DCG One, PrintWest, Pearson Packaging, 420WholesalePack.com, Tryst Print Solutions, Foundry Law Group, Farmer Tom, NWMJLaw, Higher Ground TV, Curved Papers, Guts and Glory, Ganjapreneur, 420Media and Freedom Leaf.

Second place with 186 votes went to Renton, WA retailer Buddy’s. The jazz-themed pot shop was named after proprietor Myles Kahn’s grandfather, Buddy Kahn, a famous Salsa musician and band leader. The hip design of the company’s branding, with a strong retro music feel, was crafted by Guts and Glory creative director Michael Guttsen.

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With its dramatic Italian glass jar, and a ‘fresh-picked locally’ design approach branding, Tier 1 producer Green Bluff Greenhouse took third place with 157 votes. Specializing in rare, old school Sativa’s, the small grower is quickly gaining a big reputation for quality. Green Bluff owner Rick Lynn Roening was on hand to accept the award.

Dramatic Italian glass jar Green Bluff Greenhouse

Dramatic Italian glass jar Green Bluff Greenhouse

Fourth place went to Tier 2 indoor producer SKöRD Marijuana, whose bold black and cream design and iconic umlauts proudly resonate with Scandinavian heritage.   The company produces flower, concentrates and infused edibles.

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Rounding out the Top 5 Best Cannabis Brand Design of 2016 is Curved Papers.  With an “Easy To Roll” theme and a eco-friendly minimalist package that emphasizes the brand value – a new shape for rolling papers that is a true innovation.

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Company founder Michael O’Malley and his daughter Grace were on hand at the Hot Box seminar to accept their award.

Curved Papers' Michael and Grace O'Malley

Curved Papers’ Michael and Grace O’Malley

 

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Guts & Glory Debuts New Print Creative For The MJBA

WASHINGTON: The Marijuana Business Association (MJBA), the b2b trade organization for top cannabis industry professionals and publishers of MJNewsNetwork, has tapped Seattle-based Guts & Glory to create its new recruitment campaign.  “The Marijuana Business Is Amazing” teases the full-page print ad debuting in the May issue of Freedom Leaf Magazine, and then adds the qualifier, “Yes, it is an amazing business but it is nearly impossible to succeed in it without some help.”

The Seattle-based marketing agency is responsible for creating the branding behind some of Washington’s seminal cannabis companies, including Sky High Gardens, Salish Sativas, Mari J’s Highway Pot Shop.  Guts & Glory, and its longtime advertising creative Michael Guttsen are no stranger to the MJBA, having designed a series of WPA-inspired posters that have become synonymous with the influential industry association.

Michael Guttsen at a recent MJBA meetup

Michael Guttsen at a recent MJBA meetup

“It is truly an honor to be able to work with such fine artists,” MJBA Founder and Executive Director David Rheins to MJNN. “Michael Guttsen is a seasoned pro who brings a lifetime of professional excellence to our nascent industry.  I’m honored that Michael has been a part of the MJBA since our first meetup three years ago. He is a true business pioneer who understands the labyrinthian maze of challenges facing the first generation of legal cannabis businesses firsthand. It is truly an amazing business — but it is nearly impossible to succeed without some help. People helping people on the road to prosperity.  MJBA is where cannabis industry professionals go to get that help — reliable business information, professional networking and commercial opportunity.”

2016-05-04 08.55.31Past campaigns created by Guts & Glory were resonant of the style of art commissioned by the depression era Works Progress Administration to rally Americans to overcome the depression. “The Road To Prosperity” and “Prosperity” posters are currently available for sale exclusively at MJBA meetups.

The Road To Prosperity

The Road To Prosperity

MJBA Women's Alliance Recruitment Poster by Michael Guttsen

MJBA Women’s Alliance Recruitment Poster by Michael Guttsen

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MJBA Unveils 2nd Installation of The Road To Prosperity Poster Campaign

WASHINGTON: Think Rosie the Riveter with a passion for cannabis: The Marijuana Business Association (#MJBA), a leading trade organization representing the interests of participants in the fast-growing legal cannabis industry, unveiled the second installation in its “Road to Prosperity” series by artist Michael Guttsen at the monthly meetup of the Seattle MJBA held last night at Magical Butter Studios in Seattle’s SODO district.
The campaign is reminiscent of the Depression-era WPA posters and emphasizes the economic and cultural prosperity available through the legalization, regulation, and taxation of marijuana. “We are very excited to get delivery of poster #2 in #MJBA “Road to Prosperity” series by artist Michael Guttsen,” MJBA CEO David Rheins announced to the group, “Think Rosie the Riveter of Reform! This poster is dedicated to the MJBA Women’s Alliance, and the 100 strong female-owned cannabis businesses they represent, for setting a new standard in ethical business practices.”
Copies of the poster will be available, FREE, with paid membership, at the upcoming MJBA Job Fair, to be held at the Red Lion Hotel in Bellevue, WA on Saturday, September 27, 2014.  The event is being sponsored by Weedhire.com job board, and will showcase “High Paying Jobs In Legal Marijuana” from Washington Companies, including: IONIC, Evergreen Herbal, Eden Labs, Viridian Sciences, RMMC, Marijuana Venture, Blue Line Protection Group, BioTrack THC and many others.