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THE HOLIDAZED ISSUE DECEMBER 2014

KELLY OGDEN THE ONLY GIFT GUIDE YOU’LL NEED

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MOST NOTABLE FASHION MOMENTS FASHION: A look back at 2014 in fashion

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

SHOPPING: Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list

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GENERATION WASTE

FEATURE: Fast fashion’s impact on the environment

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STYLE: Finding inspiration in holiday film classics

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INTERVIEW: The Dollyrots singer’s favorite things Nasty Gal Shoe Cult Take Over Heel, $44


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LETTER

FROM THE EDITOR “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” So goes the holiday song penned in 1963 by Edward Pola and George Wyle.

MASTHEAD EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jacqueline Law

And wonderful it is, my friends. The champagne is flowing endlessly, the parties are abundant and the gifts are also plentiful. And what isn’t wonderful about that? But it’s also a time of reflection and change. As I approach the end of another year, I look forward to the new beginnings that are yet to come. There were so many notable moments in 2014 — particularly in beauty and how, day-by-day, we are changing the face of what’s considered beautiful and embracing all women, no matter what size, shape, sexual orientation or age.

FASHION & BEAUTY Managing Beauty Editor

Susan Linney Senior Writer

Tiffany Frasier Senior Writer

Kat HernandezLinares Senior Writer

Never before in history has beauty been about celebrating so many diverse faces. Kenyan actress Lupita N’Oyong broke the beauty mold with her elegance and charm during award season. Transgender model Lea T. was cast in a Redken campaign, and the 69-year-old Charlotte Rampling was tapped as the face of Nars. Truly, it has been a ground-breaking year in fashion.

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Visual Design Manager

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Visual Design Associate

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Social Media Coordinators

Lizzy Amato, Ciara Salg

Advertising Director

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Hayley Lind

Contributing Writer

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Maggie Nguyen

There are also many 2014 conversations that will continue their narratives into 2015, such as the legalization of marijuana —a topic that surely deserves its platform.

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This issue celebrates many of our great loves of 2014, especially our fondness for the holidays. Inside, we’ll talk about everything from fast fashion’s effect on the environment to marijuana legalization and what that means, as well as incredible gift inspirations for your most-cherished friends and family.

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But there were sad moments, too. We lost two fashion legends this year; Oscar de la Renta and longtime red carpet host Joan Rivers both passed away in 2014.

As we prepare our resolutions for next year about how to be better sisters, daughters, spouses and friends, it’s important to take this time to celebrate what an incredible year we’ve had.

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Patricia Callahan Contributing Writer

© 2014 Meets Obsession LLC. All RIGHTS RESERVED. Obsessed magazine is printed in the U.S.A. Visit us online at: meetsobsession.com

Israel Daramola Contributing Writer

Louise MacGregor Senior Writer

Sarah Marloff

I hope you enjoy this issue as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together. Happy Holidays, Jacqueline Law Editor-in-Chief

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1. JANUARY Sarah Jessica Parker launches a shoe collection worthy of Carrie Bradshaw’s closet.

2. JANUARY Pharrell wears a Vivienne Westwood Buffalo hat and red adidas track jacket to the Grammys. The next day, Pharell’s hat gets its own Twitter account and thousands of “Pharell’s Grammy Hat” memes are born.

3. JANUARY Cara Delevingne becomes the most-talked about model 4. FEBRUARY All eyes on newcomer Lupita Nyong’o as she crushes

the awards season style competition with her shining sartorial moments.

5. FEBRUARY Longtime fashion critic Cathy Horyn leaves NYT. 6. MARCH Daily Candy shuts its doors after four delicious years. 7. APRIL Alexander Wang and H&M announce collaboration. 8. APRIL Vogue magazine releases a Kim and Kanye-covered issue.

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9. APRIL Style icon Peaches Geldof dies of an overdose of heroin. 10. JUNE Olivia Palermo gets married in a sweater, shorts, skirt and Carrie Bradshaw’s Jimmy Choo Shoes. The internet goes crazy.

11. JUNE Dov Charney ousted from American Apparel (but later weasels his way back in). 12. JUNE Rihanna wears a naked dress to the 2014 CFDA awards. 13. SEPTEMBER “Fashion Police” host Joan Rivers dies. 14. OCTOBER Oscar de la Renta dies. 15. OCTOBER John Galliano returns from the fashion dead to join Maison Martin. 16. OCTOBER Dolce & Gabbana cleared of tax evasion charges. 17. NOVEMBER After 32 years, Jean Paul Gaultier says goodbye to his RTW label.

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GENERATION

WASTE How Our Obsession with Fast Fashion Might be Doing More Harm than We Think WORDS BY TIFFANY FRASIER

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Once upon a time, the fashion industry based the collections and trends it sold to the masses on two notable periods of time on the calendar: the fall and spring seasons. Those days are long gone, and now the common practice in the industry is to produce smaller versions of the main collections at rapid speeds. With the pressure to create interest within their stores, or with the retailers that their fashions are sold to, the number of collections increased to include pre-fall and resort seasons in addition to fall and spring in an effort to drive sales. In the late 1990s, the concept of fast fashion came to the forefront as a leading trend in the fashion industry. With brands looking for new ways to increase profits, new “must-have” trends began being churned out on a weekly basis. With these new trends coming out consistently, consumers are buying as many garments as possible, as quickly as possible. Fast fashion giants such as Zara and H&M are pioneering the “wear it once and toss it” mentality.

Fast isn’t always free, someone somewhere is paying, and one victim is the environment.

With deliveries coming to the stores twice a week, clothes that you see on the runway are hitting the retail floor at lightening speed. Although this new way of spending and wearing the latest trends may seem appealing and cost-effective, that’s not always the case. Fast isn’t always free, someone somewhere is paying, and one victim is the environment. The increase in the amounts of clothes people are now consuming has heavy consequences for the environment. More clothing is shipped and flown from factories overseas, and the life cycle of these garments is decreasing. Statistics shows that when consumers are finished with the latest trends, 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per capita are sent to landfills on average each year. According to the Council for Textile Recycling, of that amount, which comes to a staggering 25 billion pounds per year, only 15 percent is recycled through secondhand

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FASHION stores such as the Salvation Army or Goodwill. While a portion of these excess textiles does feed back into the economy via sales from these stores, the volume of discarded materials has illustrated a dangerous view of clothing: disposable. The question becomes, how do we make a change in our behaviors and halt fashion overconsumption? It may require some work, but it is possible to purchase garments that will last and remain trendy, rather than resort to the fast fashion styles that aren’t made to last. First, it’s necessary to negate the need to buy an item because it is on sale or appears to be a good “deal.” The idea of fast fashion is that the clothing is cheap, so you are compelled to shop until you drop. In reality, these discounted items tend to not be designer garments at all.

Rather, they are replicated designs made with lower quality fabrics instead of the sought-after label that you have been led to believe has been marked down. Instead of purchasing clothes that are piled high underneath a sale sign, do the research required to learn what a good quality garment looks like. This will change consumers’ minds about what real value is.

68 pounds of clothing and textiles per capita are sent to landfills on average each year.

It may cost more money in the short term, but overall, purchasing clothing with a higher price tag will mean that you have pieces that will survive the inevitable wear and tear. It’s all about quality over quantity. Another way to break the cycle of fast fashion is to take items that need some repair to the tailor. A needle and thread can quickly mend that beloved dress shirt, save an unnecessary trip to the store, prevent overspending, and make one less item to add to the pile of unwanted clothes. Buying what you love and taking care of it is just one option to help avoid adding to the graveyard of unwanted clothing. Participating in the eco-friendly fashion market is another. You don’t have to sacrifice style for sustainability. By supporting brands that have made it their mission to design for a crueltyfree closet, you can be both environmentally friendly and stylish. Edun, the ethical brand founded by U2’s Bono and his wife Ali Hewson, is trendy and produces garments with trimmings and fabrics that are environmentally friendly. Vegan designer Stella McCartney is committed to green fashion as well, and even H&M has a launched a conscious collection. Patience is no longer a virtue when it comes to shopping, but if we take the time to plan each purchase and invest in clothes that may be more expensive but will last, fast fashion will become a trend of the past and we will thank ourselves and the fashion industry in the future. 

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FILM TO FASHION FINDING INSPIRATION IN HOLIDAY FILM CLASSICS WORDS & STYLING BY: KAT HERNANDEZ-LINARES Tis the season to indulge in all things fashionably festive. From decorating to sporting sparkly everything, we can’t help but get into the holiday spirit. Not only do we have Mariah’s infectious holiday anthem on repeat, we love loading up our Netflix queue with classics. Here we’ve put together four looks inspired by our top picks for best holiday films.

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Johnny Depp’s classic is both sad and romantic, and in it he gives one of his best performances. The imagery of this beautiful film is instantly recognizable. We’ve paired a vintage Jean Paul Gaultier pleated skirt with tough-as-nails creepers for a Goth- inspired look. Top off this look with daggers, of course! 

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Jack Skellington is the pumpkin king in Tim Burton’s animated film. Here we opted for velvet to channel Jack’s regal look. We’ve paired a DVF blazer with J Brand’s flared trousers for an update of the classic le smoking. Alaia laser cut booties and a Saint Laurent silk collar are the perfect complements to this look. altuzarra

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A CHRISTMAS STORY Who can forget that scene from one of our childhood favorites? We bring you a look that isn’t quite as scandalous as the lamp in Ralphie’s home. Topshop’s mini has just the right amount of fringe. Pair it with a Chinti and Parker sweater for a bit of texture. Mesh booties take the place of fishnets for a look that isn’t too over-the-top for your next holiday soirée.

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BEAUTY

For the

SELFIE-OBSESSED Make Up Forever HD Complexion Starter Kit

Today’s high-tech camera phones can spot every little flaw. So, HD-ready skin is a must for your selfie-obsessed friend. This kit contains everything she’ll need to be primed and ready for her close-up. sephora.com $79

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MAC Cosmetics

Rihanna’s Keepsakes Viva Glam Lipsticks The queen of Instagram has collaborated with MAC to create these hot, bright lipsticks. The intense red and frosty mauve are perfect for festive pouts, and both come in a glittering red pouch that is perfect for a holiday party. maccosmetics.com $30

Nars

Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret This pretty holiday box can’t be beat. Inside are five of NARS’ limited-edition lip pencils, all part of the line’s techinspired holiday collection. Best part? There is no wrapping required! sephora.com $49

Clarisonic

Mia 3 Luxury Skincare Essentials Holiday Gift Set For that friend who hasn’t yet discovered Clarisonic, she’ll flip once she sees what this cleansing brush can do for her complexion. sephora.com $199

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HAIR-CAREQUEEN Ouidad

Expert Curl Kit Do you have a curly-haired friend who is constantly frizz-frustrated? Then this kit is perfect for her! It contains three key Ouidad products, six professional hair clips and a styling guide with stepby-step instructions on how to perfect her curly locks. sephora.com $34

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Big Hair Don’t Care Holiday Kit For that friend or family member who frequents Drybar, this six-piece set will give her everything she needs to do her own hair at home (including the sought-after Buttercup Blow Dryer!). sephora.com $199

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Bb. Stylist Editions KitSet

The best of Bumble and bumble is in this collection: a finishing spray, a salt-water spray, a texturizer and a thickening hairspray. A must for a Bb fanatic! sephora.com $38

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FRAGRANCEJUNKIE Cholé

Limited Edition Eau de Parfum Gift Set This limited-edition set is filled with fresh, romantic Chloé fragrances. Along with the two Eau de Parfum bottles, a Chloé-scented body lotion and rollerball vial are also included. nordstrom.com $145

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Burberry

‘My Burberry’ Holiday Gift Set For the fashion-obsessed-meetsfragrance-lover, this two-piece set was inspired by Burberry’s most iconic trench coat. It includes an Eau de Parfum and a body mist, both of which “capture the fragrance of a London garden after the rain.” nordstrom.com $135

Marc Jacobs

Fragrance Daisy Rollerball Trio This trio of on-the-go fragrances is perfect for the busy bee in your life. All three of Marc Jacob’s Daisy scents are lively, spirited and feminine. The set contains bottles of Daisy, Daisy Dream and Daisy Eau So Fresh. sephora.com $44

Nest

Fragrance Collection Set The bottles in this set are so aesthetically pleasing that your loved one will keep them long after the bottles are empty. From woodsy Midnight Fleur to fruit-infused Paradise, this five-piece set from NEST is superb. sephora.com $38

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BEAUTYMINIMALIST Kiehl’s

Crème de Corps Collection Packaged in a colorful, holidaythemed box, this collection of Creme de Corps products is a winter skin life saver. kiehls.com $65

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Mineral Natural Beauty Gift Set A beauty set made for lovers of mineral makeup. It contains loose powder, eyeshadow primer, a blemish eraser brush, wrinkle filler and sheer pink lipstick. eyeslipsface.com $25

Lancome

‘The Nudes’ Juicy Tubes Set Any lip-gloss loving pal will adore this set of nude-colored Juicy Tubes. The four shades included—Simmer, Melon, Pamplemousse and Caramel Gospel—add a hint of color and tons of hydration and shine to your lips. lancome.com $30

Urban Decay

‘Naked3’ Palette A beauty pack that is perfect for your makeup-minimalist friend. The 12 rose-hued neutrals in this eye-shadow palette are perfect for creating a gorgeous, natural look. nordstom.com $54

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BEAUTYHOARDER Lancome Party

Plum Beauty Box This set of beauty products will satisfy even the most ravenous hoarder. It contains 12 full-sized Lancôme beauty essentials, all stuffed into a sturdy, multi-purpose train case—the perfect stocking stuffer! lancome.com $38

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Sephora Favorites

Give Me More Lip If your best friend always packs her pockets with lipsticks, glosses and balms, this set is a must for her. It’s packed with 17 kinds of high-end lippies that will definitely be put to good use. sephora.com $59

Josie Maran

Winter Dreams Argan Color Collection For the smart skincare aficionado who understands the benefits of argan oil, this assortment will keep her nicely stocked during these dry winter months. Our favorite in the pack is Josie’s lip and cheek cream, which creates the loveliest pink hue. sephora.com $34

Sephora Favorites

Glitz & Glam Party Essentials Sampler If your BFF loves the hottest beauty products, everything she’ll need to get ready for a festive fête is in this collection. From lipstick to dry shampoo, this 9-piece set has it all— and that’s not all—the products all come packed in a cute and versatile metallic clutch. sephora.com $34

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Album you’re jamming to at the moment? “Skating Polly from Oklahoma. I heard them six or seven years ago, and for being so young they seemed hungry.”

Favorite food

"Burritos—All of them, and avocados.”

Kelly Ogden of the Dollyrots might well be the last true bastion of female punk. Bassist and lead singer for a band that’s been around more than a decade and earned a sturdy fan base for their tight, catchy, modern twist on the genre, Kelly and the group self-released an album from nothing but a Kickstarter page. She’s an icon of the underground scene, and has supporting slots with Joan Jett and Paramore to prove it. Five albums in, she shows no signs of relenting.

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THE MODELING INDUSTRY IS KNOWN FOR BEING INCREDIBLY FICKLE. PLENTY OF MODELS COME AND GO, BUT THERE ARE ALSO THOSE THAT TAKE THE FASHION AND MODELING INDUSTRY BY STORM. THEY GARNER BUZZ EVERYWHERE THEY GO, FROM THE RUNWAY TO THE GOSSIP COLUMNS TO THE COVERS OF THE WORLD’S TOP MAGAZINES. SO, WHO SHOULD WE BE EXPECTING TO SEE IN 2015? IT IS HARD TO DECIDE, BUT AFTER CAREFUL CONSIDERATION, THE FOLLOWING NEW FACES ARE SURE TO BE ON EVERYONE’S RADAR. LET’S TAKE A QUICK LOOK AT THE RISING FASHION STARS TO WATCH IN 2015.

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Gigi Hadid At 19 years of age, Gigi Hadid, daughter to “Housewives of Beverly Hills” cast member Yolanda Foster, has graced the pages of numerous magazines including Elle, Vogue, Rolling Stone and Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition, and has walked the runway for everyone from Marc Jacobs to Guess, Tom Ford and more. Recently, it was revealed that she is featured in the 2015 Pirelli calendar, and there are whispers that she will be the next Victoria’s Secret Angel. She began modeling at the young age of 2, after being discovered by Guess’ Paul Marciano. However, she did take a break from modeling to concentrate on school before returning and signing with IMG Models. Considered by many to be fashion’s next “It Girl,” (sorry, Kendall Jenner) she is sure to be a mainstay in magazines and on the runway all through 2015 and beyond.


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Natalie Westling Since taking the 2014 Spring/Summer New York Fashion Week runway by storm, Natalie Westling has become a hot commodity. She was the star of the Spring 2014 Saint Laurent Paris and Marc Jacob campaigns, and is currently the face of Miu Miu’s new Diptych Campaign for Resort. This is quite a feat for the fiery red-headed skateboarder, who only started modeling to appease her mother. After being discovered in her home state of Arizona, she was scouted by The Society and quickly relocated to NYC. At 17 years of age, she is best known for her fierce tresses and porcelain doll-like features. You can expect to see Natalie gracing fashion runways all over the world in 2015.


Simon Van Meervenne Born in Belgium, Simon Can Meervenne has taken the world of male modeling completely by storm since he was first discovered in 2010 while at Pukkelpop, an annual music festival held in Belgium. He made his modeling debut in 2011, and he quickly became a runway favorite of designers including Versace and Calvin Klein. Since then he has become one of the male models of choice for labels including Josep Abril, Desigual, Spanish label Mango, Dior, Raf Simons, Prada, Tom Ford and many more. Not only does he walk many of their runways, but he can also be seen in their print ads. In 2015, he will be walking the runway for Tom Ford and Michael Kors among others.

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Dae Na Born in South Korea, Dae Na burst onto the modeling scene in 2012 and has hit the runway for Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabanna, Frankie Morello, Banana Republic and more. He has also been featured extensively in print for designers including Benetton, J. Crew, Donna Karan and Diesel, just to name a few. He’s even been on the cover of JMen, Glow and Vogue Hommes Japan. Dae Na was discovered by Wilson Model Management after being introduced to the owner by Hudson Taylor, a well-known photographer. In 2015, he will be seen everywhere from Armani Exchange, Benetton, Donna Karan and more.

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Malaika Firth Born in Kenya, Malaika’s mom is responsible for her foray into the world of modeling. After watching a documentary about Premier Model Management, her mother called and arranged a meeting. At the age of 17, Malaika was immediately signed and quickly began modeling internationally. She has walked innumerable runaways, including over 40 shows in Spring/Summer 2014 alone. Although she has modeled for everyone from Jean Paul Gaultier to Dolce & Gabanna to Victoria’s Secret, Burberry and Valentino, her biggest claim to fame is the result of her work with Prada. She is the first black model to book a Prada campaign since Naomi Campbell did in 1994 (the same year Malaika was born). Recently, Malaika headed back to the runway at the Dior Pre-Fall 2015 show in Tokyo, and it’s safe to assume that she will continue to dominate the fashion runways in 2015.

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Ending the War on Mary Jane From D.C. to Colorado to California, cannabis – or “pot” to our parents’ generation and “weed” for ours – has been making headlines across the country. WORDS BY SARAH MARLOFF

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FEATURE LEGALIZATION IS THE TALK OF THE TOWN This past November, recreational usage was approved by voters in both Oregon and Alaska, allowing them to join Colorado and Washington – who voted it legal in the 2012 elections – in legal marijuana use. Washington D.C. pollgoers also voted in favor of recreational use just last month (medical marijuana is already legal in the capital, as well as in 23 states). However, due to taxation issues, D.C.’s legalization gets murky. According to “tokesperson” activist, film producer and comic Elizabeth Croydon, this is the third time the nation’s capital has voted to legalize the drug. D.C. was actually the first city to ever vote it legal, but, because it’s not a state, congress said ‘in your dreams,’” ­ explains Croydon. She refuses to call it cannabis; to her, it is simply weed. “I work for legalization everywhere. As a comic, I have a certain freedom about being able to say and do whatever I want, and I think the current weed laws are ridiculous. It’s important to make it commercially legal. Weed could  and should  be treated like alcohol.” The controversy surrounding the drug has existed for decades. It has been labeled a “gateway drug” and has often been blamed as the first step in a heavy drug user’s addiction. Yet, this natural drug has proven to be no less healthy than alcohol and cigarettes – and it is a useful medical and pain-relieving tool. With medical marijuana slowly winning over non-believers, activists’ voices have only gotten louder. These supporters believe it’s only a matter of time before federal legalization. “I could go into countless reasons why our movement and

advocacy work is so important –medical ethics, health freedom, overcrowded prisons, the cost to the tax payer, the dangerous drug cartels and underground criminal systems that are empowered by prohibition. There’s also environmental issues, and many costly failures of this prohibitionist system,” says activist Mary Patton. “Suffice it to say, one does not need to have a personal interest in consuming cannabis in order to see that the laws are unjust, irrational and downright harmful to society.” Though Patton no longer partakes in the drug, she’s seen first-hand the benefits of medical marijuana as well as the abuse of the drug’s illegal status. As a teenager, when she occasionally smoked, Patton was subject to a random search and seizure that led to a false arrest. The incident led her to activism, which was fueled further by the activism of her uncle – a “self-proclaimed medical marijuana patient.” Today, Patton sits on the Executive Committee for the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform. She also works as a consultant for business development, marketing and PR within the cannabis industry. Her client list includes Tommy Chong, Melissa Etheridge and Montel Williams. In regards to the medical use of marijuana, Patton shares a piece of Chong’s personal story. The author and iconic actor – known as one half of Cheech and Chong, and Leo on “That Seventies Show” – has long been a face for marijuana use. Not surprisingly when Chong was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012, he turned to medical cannabis to help fight the disease. His drug of choice: cannabis oil. Months later, after using a high potency cannabis concentrate to treat his tumor (currently a very controversial cure) Chong announced that he was cancer-free. “It’s amazing what medical cannabis is doing,” explains Croydon, who notes that cannabis oil injections have been “Tokesperson” activist, film producer and comic Elizabeth Croydon. Photo: Sergio Teran

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Television Producers Wendy Robbins and Karen Paull with the “The Marijuana Show” cast and crew. Courtesy Photo.

found to significantly decrease tumors in many cancer patients.

Robbins, a two-time Emmy winning producer and director.

A wearer of many hats, Croydon says that her primary activism goal is now centered around making sure that “patients get access to weed without the cost.”

“Though the business is a baby now, the more we can help ganjapreneurs become savvy business people, the better.”

A supporter of recreational use as well, she personally uses marijuana as a stress reliever. “I’ve never found alcohol to help,” she explains. As a “constant intellectual,” she says the drug helps her relax without impairing her senses or her speech. In the name of stress-relief, Croydon, who is currently living in the D.C./Maryland area, also advocates for the right of off-duty police officers to toke. She references an officer she practiced aikido with, who showed signs of alcoholism due to his highrisk job. “I started talking to him about weed, and when he eventually started treating himself with it he stopped shaking.” Recently, Croydon worked with television producers Wendy Robbins and Karen Paull on their new web series, “The Marijuana Show.” Filmed in Denver, Colorado, wives Robbins and Paul created the series that has been described as “Shark Tank meets The Apprentice for budding ganjapreneurs,” in hopes of finding the next marijuana millionaire. Out of 200 people who auditioned for the show – which is currently airing in 12 –minute episodes on the website – ten hopeful entrepreneurs were chosen. Robbins and Paull then sent the finalists to a three-day intensive workshop to meet with lawyers, accountants, PR heads and so on in order to perfect their business creations – all of which incorporate cannabis (or hemp) in some way. The couple expects the series to help change how non-smokers perceive cannabis. “We’re working to create a community where collectively, we educate, activate and legalize cannabis. We want to work with big pharmaceutical companies, politicians and thought leaders to start a conversation,” says

On the business side of legalization, Colorado is already showing big numbers in tax revenues. According to Paull, a longtime media executive and professor, the state has already made $20 million in taxes on marijuana. By the end of the first fiscal year, state officials expect the total tax revenue to be between $60 and $70 million. “We’re changing the economies of every state with cannabis. We aren’t doing a show about stoners; it’s a business show, where we want to infuse this new industry with a sense of partnership, respect and collaboration,” Paul sums up. “There’s so much misunderstanding about cannabis,” explains Robbins. “Knowing that if we make a mistake, we could end up in jail, so we’re careful and stay up on the laws – the challenge is that they change daily. We believe in safety regulations. Clearly stating how many milligrams of cannabis is in an edible for instance, making sure it’s child proof – though alcohol and tobacco is not child proof. Still, this is a new industry and we can do things differently and better.”

THE THIRD PARTY’S ARGUMENT But not everyone is jumping on the legalization bandwagon. Before Alaska voted it legal, the Alaskan Association of Chiefs of Police put together a list of reasons why they stood against legalization. Among these reasons, an increase in the number of impaired drivers, higher potency strains, and the possibility

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of drug commercialization increasing the opportunities for youth to use the drug stood out as the biggest objections. But instead of taking an either/or stance, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is a bipartisan organization that wants to neither criminalize nor legalize cannabis. “Historically, this issue has been presented much too black and white,” says Kevin Sabet, the co-founder and current president of SAM. “We want to talk science, not scare tactics; it’s why we have medical professionals on our board.” Opting for a health-based argument, science is the tool with which SAM has chosen to fight the legalization battle. Sabet notes a mid-eighties Swedish study that found a link between schizophrenia and marijuana usage. The study suggests the two are connected by a doseresponse relationship. “Basically, the more you use, the more risk there is,” explains Sabet. In recent years, scientists have learned that the weed smoked today is not the same weed from the days of Woodstock. In fact, today’s drug has proven to be ten times stronger than it was in previous decades.

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“We don’t want to exaggerate true health harms, but we’re better at agriculture today, and we’re also better at genetic modification,” says Sabet. He adds that, with legalization in states like Colorado, warning signs are already appearing. “We’ve already seen an increase in poisoning and impaired driving.” To be clear, THC poisoning is most likely to happen when someone eats a whole edible that’s intended to be multiple servings. “It’s essentially an overdose. It’s not like heroin, it’s not certain death, but it is something to be concerned about.” However, SAM’s number one fear is creating Big Tobacco 2.0. Like the Joe Camel of days gone by, Sabet believes that the cannabis industry is already coyly marketing to kids, noting edible products such as candy and lollipops. “Both the alcohol and tobacco industry make their money off the backs of heavy users,” and these users are frequently hooked at young age. “The two existing industries are the last things you want to use as examples. But we also don’t’ want people in prison for lowlevel amounts – that’s not criminal.” SAM is also wary of the money now backing legalization. “This


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is not Cheech and Chong, it’s [the] MBA graduates who are raising money for this industry. The flower children values are being replaced by the values of Wall Street.”

country’s largest crops. “Canada legalized it 15 years ago and it’s still small crop relative to others out there. But the potential is there.”

ONE THING WE CAN ALL AGREE ON

Like marijuana, federal legalization seems to be just a matter of time. “Once you truly evaluate the cost/benefits of this ridiculous war on cannabis, it’s very easy to come to the conclusion that the laws are more dangerous than the substance itself,” Mary Patton sums up.

Today, hemp – a crop that has been outlawed in the U.S. since 1937 – is slowly making a comeback, and this one has nothing to do with getting high.

“Some people should never smoke weed,” says Croydon, keeping things in perspective. “But then, some people should never drink whiskey either.” 

With roots stretching all the way back to the B.C. era, hemp was one of the very first crops to be cultivated. America’s Founding Fathers used hemp daily, and both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew fields of it. Once upon a time, it even grew on the Pentagon’s research farm. During the “reefer madness” war in the thirties, hemp got lumped into the mix, and has basically been prohibited ever since. Yet, according to Eric Steenstra, the executive director of the Hemp Industries Association and president of VoteHemp.org, one of the only things hemp can’t do is get someone high. It can, however, be used in clothing, in cars (hemp fiber deposits have replaced fiber glass in BMWs and Mercedes), in houses (hempcrete produces less allergens), and the seeds are trending in both food and body care products. “Hemp was written out of the history books,” says Steenstra. The Virginia native has spent 14 years working to allow American farmers to grow hemp once again. “But it’s a great sustainable crop, unlike cotton, which is not environmentally friendly.” In fact, cotton requires more water, more herbicides, and depletes soil of minerals. Additionally, hemp can be grown throughout the country, while cotton can only be grown in the south. Last February, an amendment to the 2014 farm bill was passed that allowed pilot programs and hemp research crops to be grown in the U.S. Within these pilot programs, there are currently 19 states where hemp can be legally grown. Though it’s still illegal to grow in most states – and complicated in those where it is legal – hemp is still affecting American pockets. Importing hemp products has become a $500 million industry. “This is a driven market, but it’ll take time to get off the ground,” says Steenstra, comparing hemp to soy in the seventies – when it was an insignificant crop. Today, soy is one of the

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ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY ALBUMS WORDS BY TRICIA CALLAHAN

It’s the holidays, which usually means that your parents will probably have Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” on repeat during your staycation visit. Just like us, you’ve probably been hearing this sentimental album every December since you were a kid. And just like us, you probably need some NEW holiday music in your life. Steering clear from the norm, these indie, fierce pop, super soft and punk rock musicians bring a revamped pulse to those toe-tappin’ favorites, and some brand new tunes too. Ahead, our five stocking stuffer alternative albums for the holidays.

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Bright Eyes “A Christmas Album”

She & Him “A Very She & Him Christmas”

Sleighed: The Other Side of Christmas Flashback to the early 2000s with The OC’s “Best Chrismukkah Ever” episode. If you remember anything about this episode, you will remember Bright Eyes’ rendition of “Blue Christmas” that stole every girl’s heart. Bright Eyes released their Christmas album in 2002, and succeeded in crafting—hands down—the softest renditions of these 11 holiday tunes. This album is my personal favorite on the list.

Although this quirky album was released in 2011, it is still highly regarded by music critics everywhere—and for good reason!  The album ranges from the classic sound of Zooey Deschanel accompanied by the hilarious Will Farrell from the film “Elf,” to the melding of Deschanel’s 60’s inspired vocals and M. Ward’s retro guitar riffs. This album will definitely get you into the holiday spirit.

My Morning Jacket “Wish You A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year”

Also in 2011, My Morning Jacket pulled off a totally original folk-meetskeyboard sound. Hipsters rejoice for this bluesy twist on our holiday favorites. My favorite jam? “Santa Claus is Back In Town.”

This 2010 compilation is for all you punk rockers out there. The highlights of this album are the silly, satirical spin on all things holidays. Whether it’s “You Ain’t Getting Shit For Christmas” by the Red Peters singing “You can shove that fruit cake up your ass” or Sonic Youth’s “Santa Doesn’t Cope Out On Dope,” you are sure to get some giggles at your holiday party.

Compilation Album “Holidays Rule”

This album contains covers from The Shins, The Civil Wars, Paul McCartney, fun., and many more skilled artists. Although it was released in 2012, it is still completely relevant in 2014. This album would make for an awesome stocking stuffer!

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