The Happy Munkey Says Farewell To New York Prohibition With 4/20 Celebration

By Stu Zakim

There are some dates that transformed New York: In 1858, Central Park opened; The Holland Tunnel’s opening in 1927; The Beatles playing at Shea Stadium in 1965; and the opening of Studio 54 in 1977.  The latest date that will surely find its way onto that list is April 20, 2021 – the day NYC’s legendary speakeasy, The Happy Munkey, hosted it’s “Farewell to Prohibition” celebration.

Happy Munkey founders Vladimir Bautista and Ramon Reyes are celebrities in the Cannabis community.  When they opened in mid 2017 at an “underground” location, they created a space that offered their invitation only guests a safe, comfortable atmosphere while hanging with very cool people all bonding over Cannabis; black, white, straight, gay, it didn’t matter as Vlad and Ramon often say, “It’s about the culture.” On any given night, you could share a joint with a NFL, NBA or MLB player, a hip hop or rap star, an actor or a famous singer, all there to share their love of Cannabis.

After having to close due to the COVID virus, Munkey fans from all over the world were left with no place to get together.  Sure, we had Zoom calls and more recently, Clubhouse chats, but nothing could compare to the in-person experience.  That all changed after New York State legalized Cannabis on April 1. With the success of people being vaccinated, Vlad and Ramon and David Hernandez decided what better way to celebrate this moment in time than doing what they do best.  And, to take it to another level, no more “underground” location; in typical Munkey style, they wanted to make a statement now that Cannabis was legal and they sure did – Bobby Van’s Steakhouse directly opposite the NY Stock Exchange building.  

What an evening.  The restaurant was COVID safe; tables were at least 6 feet apart, masks were required when not consuming or drinking and bottles of hand sanitizer on each table.  They turned a steakhouse into The Munkey – DJ, people mingling with each other, consuming responsibly, in this case, not sharing, and everywhere you looked was either an old friend or leaders in the weed space: Leo Bridgewater, Joy Beckerman, journalist Steve Bloom (who discovered the 420 phenomenon while a High Times editor), Curved Papers’ Michael O’Malley, Arnaud Dumas De Rauly and Sasha Aksenov of The Blinc Group, Fab Five Freddy, Phoenix Nutraceuticals Ruben Lindo and other notables were there, all rocking out and smoking through the party. 

Looking back on my Cannabis consumption through the years in New York City, I must agree with the cliche, you always remember your first, in this case, my first legal pot party!  What a rush and thanks to the Happy Munkey for all they have done to take the culture to the next level.  And, the best is yet to come.

Curved Papers & Dana Beal Offer NYC Pot Smokers Who Vaccinate “Joints For Jabs”

NEW YORK: Brooklyn born Curved Papers inventor Michael O’Malley has teamed up with long time New York City Yippie NORML Act Up pot activist Dana Beal to offer an NYC version of “Joints For Jabs,” which Edelstein first staged in D.C. earlier this Spring. Anyone with a vaccination card can get a free joint this afternoon in Union Square!

New York City is abuzz this Spring following the March 31st early morning si

gning of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, championed by Crstal Peoples-Stokes and in the Assembly, and Liz Krueger in the Senate. MRTA was the fruit of six years of leadership by these two women, The Drug Policy Alliance, NORML and many other ad hoc coalitions, including Curved Papers’ “Do The Right Thing, New York,” which featured Fab Five Freddy and Jerry Scyzer, who showed and really kick started a surge of energy that toppled years of entrenched corporate resistance by The Governor’s team to the popular view. With the help of House Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate President Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the government did its job. The final day of testimonies in favor of the MRTA was riveting and emotional.

Of course, we can’t really have full out live events yet, but we want to make this gesture to remind the cannabis community to keep working together with the Federal government to defeat the virus, and legalize at that level. We hope The President hears about it, so D.C. and New York were our best bets.

Getting vaccinated is something to believe in. Science. It’s an outdoor pop-up event on a Spring day. Pass by and say “high.” We’re masking up and staying socially distant and we strongly suggest that you don’t share joints! Even on this blessed day. Dana will be there to give you each your own, and he’ll be wearing gloves. Come on people now, get together, smartly.

We’re looking forward to having a normal NYC Cannabis Parade next year. Dana has been a part of it for decades as it grew from New York City to the global annual phenomenon in over 40 cities around the world that it is today. In recent years, Steve Bloom of celebstoner.com has taken a greater leadership role and taken the event to a new level. His musical background has made the rally end of the parade a real festival, featuring significant political speakers as well. We hope we’ll be able to do that kind of thing in the City again next Spring. Last year was different, and so will this year be different again. But we’re getting somewhere. In New York we are doing a good job.

This Summer, hopefully we can have a Summer of Love in New York City. The MRTA introduces equity and justice standards that are state-of-the-art and a model for the country. Diverse license application teams are receiving design and engineer support from Curved High Tech’s new CANNA CAD NY program.

Contact MIT Architecture grad Michael O’Malley for details. Innovation.

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Churved Chanukah Chontest Chickoff!

Buy a Double Four Pack for the Festival of Lighting Up!

By Michael O’Malley

While you’re buying your gifts online this holiday season, please stop by curvedpapers.com and try a festive double four pack with our three new styles, RICE, RICE KING and HEMP KING paired with Curved® Papers and our 100% organic hemp NORML® Curved Papers for less than $10.

Curved® Papers make great stocking stuffers, and favorites in holiday gift guides every year. Each purchase with coupon code Churved Chanukah makes you eligible to win one of the new Curved Papers t-shirts and a whole box of Curved Papers, like they have in the store.

I always got a kick out of Chanukah. Though I am of Irish decent, I grew up in New York, and knew a lot of ethnic kids from immigrant families like myself in my neighborhood in Brooklyn. My first encounter with Jewish people came in the form of my family’s piano teacher, Mrs. Levy. She was so beautiful and played the piano beautifully, and was a great teacher.

It was the Sixties and all kinds of radical change was going on. The Pope came to New York on Yom Kippur. My sister as born that day. My father gave her a Jewish name, Miriam. It was part of what they called the Ecumenical Movement, and Vatican II. In the Catholic Church, they had the Priest facing the congregation, and said The Mass in English and sang folk songs. It only got weirder in the Seventies.

When we moved out of Brooklyn, my best friend was a guy named Ward. Turns out he’s half Jewish. Long story.

When I went to MIT, I started school on my 18th birthday, and in the first week, I was given the assignment to make up and solve what’s called a Fermi problem, in essence, figuring something out precisely using reason rather than measuring or counting. I thought of this problem, how many of the student at MIT are Jewish? There were not that many Irish kids. I was living with a lot of Jewish kids, and I became close to them, the Italian kids, the few Black kids and the other Irish kids. The Protestant kids, I had not been around as much, and they were different. There is such a tight relationship between Boston and New York. I could think of a million reasons why there would be this number of Jewish students or that number. My answer to the problem was very accurate in the end and I got my first good mark at ‘The Tute.’

I started smoking weed with a Jewish friend in the dorm during the holidays freshman year.

I lived up there a long time and during that time my sisters married guys from Jewish families. Someone asked my nephew what religion he was, and he said, “regular.”

When I moved home to New York again, I had a company called Kinetic Designs in Manhattan that did animations from CAD data, mainly for architects. We did jobs for all these great architects in the city, and then wound up doing it for all kinds of clients, including The Rolling Stones and other amazing people. I had a Guy named Guy working for me. He was from Israel. He was the same age as my brother James. They both had two sons during that time, and named them Aidan and Liam. Along with Michael, those are some old names that have appeared in both cultures for a long time. It was funny. Israel is still a leading marijuana country.

Running Curved Papers and sponsoring MJBA nationally with David Rheins, I have always enjoyed tagging along on his voyage year after year with the Jewish faith. He’s almost a New Yorker himself, after all. I guess 25 years at Rolling Stone and Spin should count for something. He’s up there on my lifelong list of favorite Jews, along with fellow left-handed, basketball-playing white guy and fellow Brooklynite, Bernie Sanders.

Michael O’Malley and Stu Zakim 2018 NYC Cannabis Parade

Let’s not forget real New Yorkers like Stu Zakim and Steve Bloom. Stu Zakim, New Jersey? Are you kidding me?

I digress, but I hope you’ll dash over to CurvedPapers.com/ChurvedChanukah and pick up a double four pack. All double four pack purchases through Christmas are qualified for the Grand Prize Drawing on Boxing Day, December 26th, also known as St. Stephens’s Day. Prizes will be awarded live on Zoom, and Curved Papers FB page, on Wednesday, December 28th, 2020 at 4:20pm EST, the third day of Kwanzaa. Be there or be square.

Enjoy the coming joint rolling season: Happy Hanukkah. Happy Holidaze 2020 to one and all!

And a happy New Year! There. I said it. Not too early. 2021 is gonna be a good year. But let’s do enjoy Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwaanza and all the vital festive traditions left in our crazy 2020 in the meantime.

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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‘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

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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‘I Can Still Do That Foundation’ & Tom Pacheco Premiere “Freida’s Secret Garden”

Shot in Humboldt County, the video uses local talent and filmmakers to promote cannabis legalization

NEW YORK: The I Can Still Do That Foundation, a New York City-based non-profit whose mission is to connect people so they can share information and empower each generation to teach the others, launched “Freida’s Secret Garden “  a pro-pot music video based on a song by legendary Woodstock singer-songwriter Tom Pacheco.

“The time to end irrational prohibition of cannabis is now,’  Dan Schneider, Executive Director of the Foundation, announced. “With 33 States now recognizing the benefits of medical cannabis and another 11 States legalizing recreational cannabis, a majority of Americans are in favor of legalization and the end of the irrational and Draconian laws which have stifled research on the potential benefits of cannabis. These laws have had a disparate impact on people of color and restoration of civil rights to those who have been adversely affected is also required to promote equity. The patchwork of irrational and inconsistent federal and state laws must end and the federal law must allow these now legal business to access the federal banking system to that black market producers of questionable products can be replaced by healthy and tested, legal cannabis and CBD products.”

“We want to thank advisor Lelehnia DuBois and her friends in the Humboldt County for helping us make the new music video,” Schneider said. “You can see the new video here in a sneak peek. Please share it with friends. We are trying to help Tom get the recognition he deserves as a legendary singer/songwriter who has written songs for Bob Dylan, The Band, Jefferson Starship, and others. He has a music publishing catalogue of more than 500 songs; “Freida’s” is just one of many great ones.

Still Do That advisor, Curved Papers Founder Michael O’Malley, said, “This song and video bring together the West Coast and East Coast hippie vibes – from Humboldt County to Woodstock – that have given rise to the contemporary cannabis legalization movement. Call it Cannafest Destiny. The fun, the healing compassion and sensible restoration of marijuana’s rightful place in society are all captured humorously in Tom’s lyric and rocking rhythm.

David Rheins, founder of the Marijuana Business Association and Still Do That Advisor agreed: “Marijuana has gone mainstream, and the mainstream media is now getting hip to the power of the plant and the amazing possibilities that legalization brings.  Through the work of artists and activists like  Tom Pacheco,  we are raising cannabis consciousness, and dispelling the dangerous myths and harmful policies of prohibition.”

Still Do That Advisor Melissa Gibson, founder of Hemp and Humanity said, “This folksy and campy musical send-up to the authentic cannabis lifestyle pays homage to the plant, place and people who have championed it for generations. As marijuana use reaches a tipping point in mainstream acceptance, and the cannabis industry has attracted big business, Tom Pacheco take us back to the root(s) of this plant and its essential spirit of connecting humans with one another. What Frieda and her happy, hippy grandson Paul know, is that cannabis has the power to heal, clothe, feed, house, fuel and sustain human’s ability to live on this earth. And that’s worth singing about.”

Still Do That Advisor Lelehnia DuBois, cannabis community advocate and Sensi Magazine publisher, who co-produced the video and played the title role of Freida added, “I come from a culture of Frieda’s. It felt like she was my own mother. It was an honor to play the role”

According to Schneider, an entertainment lawyer by trade, the Foundation plans to produce a weekly TV news series called, “High Hopes”,  to educate people on the history, legal issues, health issues, science and finance surrounding the booming legal cannabis industry.  “We may even use Tom Pacheco’s song as a theme song for our TV series,” Schneider said. “We are currently looking for partners and sponsors for the series and are particularly interested in pro-cannabis celebrities to help demystify the stigma surrounding cannabis.”

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.