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2nd Annual Veterans Cannabis Ball Honored Veterans

Mariah Dodson, Vanessa Macias, Major Gene Diggs (left to right).  |  Credit: Sam Cornwall, Cannabis in Color


Group creates a glorious space for veteran armed forces servicemen and servicewomen to have an open dialogue about cannabis and to encourage access to the healing plant without fear and negative stigmas. 

Lancaster, California, November 12, 2018. — Dust to Diamonds Incorporated, (Dust to Diamonds) a minority, woman-owned cannabis real estate, manufacturing, and lifestyle/wellness company specializing in cannabis cannabidiol (CBD) healing products, hosted the 2nd Annual Veterans Cannabis Ball with the Veterans Cannabis Coalition, and OTTO by Banana Bros.

In contemporary Los Angeles style, the posh event featured over a dozen sponsors, 200 attendees, bowties, bowls, and even a cannabis layered cake. The ball brought together veteran armed forces servicemen and servicewomen who use medical marijuana to treat symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other ailments common with military service Americans.

“This was an amazing opportunity to celebrate veterans with a night dedicated just for them to be themselves in a glorious and engaging experience,” said Mariah Dodson, co-founder and COO of Dust to Diamonds, Inc. “As a U.S. Army Logistics Specialist, it means a lot for us to be recognized for our service and dedication to our country.”

“The Veterans Cannabis Coalition put this event together to showcase different ways for people to interact with cannabis, the natural relationship between veterans and cannabis, and to help normalize the perception of the herb in the eyes of the general public,” said Eric Goepel, founder & CEO, Veterans Cannabis Coalition. “We see this as part of our overall mission to end prohibition and hope to use events like these to build political support for cannabis reform legislation.”

“Cannabis allows an option for veterans to rehabilitate their lives on a holistic foundation and empowers proper healing mechanisms to maximize their well being after serving our country,” said Vanessa Macias, co-founder and CEO of Dust to Diamonds, Inc.

Sponsors of the 2nd Annual Veterans Cannabis Ball included Papa & Barkley, Cannabis Catered Events, Grandma Baker’s WuGoo goods, Kikoko infused teas, Epic Vape, Boundless Technology, Rosin Tech, Maui Ben Farms, Sprig Water, Rancho Ecomar Farms, and Flos Energy CBD.

Sponsors Papa Mixmasters and Glori Blends offered their perspective on this Veterans Day celebration.

“Mixmasters is a proud sponsor of the 2nd Annual Cannabis Ball,” said Kristin Siemion, VP of marketing for Mixmasters. “The Mixmasters Company was created by 20+ year industry veterans with discerning tastes for quality cannabis products.”

“My mother, Lori Reyes-DeSanti, provided 25 years of Social Work, and recovery treatment for trauma, PTSD, and addictions therapy. So it’s important to us that we be part of this cause,” said Nicholas Corsalini, Owner and CMO of Glori Blends. “We want to heal the world through hemp.”

About Dust To Diamonds Incorporated

Dust To Diamonds Incorporated (Dust To Diamonds Inc.) is a California based holistic wellness company focused on providing cannabis-integrated education for enhancing everyday health practices. Through offering a quality product line of homeopathic essentials including; topicals, tinctures, drops, capsules, oils, and herbs at over a dozen, and counting, retail locations, Dust To Diamonds Inc. proves to be dedicated to helping strengthen the mind, body, and souls of humanity by incorporating CBD and THC. With a mission towards assisting patients and communities in advancing their wellbeing, the company was awarded nine (9) Medical Cannabis Cultivation licenses and Two (2) Medical Cannabis Manufacturing licenses in California City, California, as well as an acknowledgement for being founded by the youngest shareholders in the history of regulated cannabis to be issued licensing. This innovative company is paving the way for modern-day self-care. Find more information on how to take your health to the next level at or find us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


B-roll of the event can be found here

Event photography can be found here

Instagram hash #veteranscannabisball

For more information on this event and release please contact and Mariah Dodson of Dust to Diamonds, Inc. at (661) 494-9608 and or Eric Goepel from the Veterans Cannabis Coalition at (213) 986-8139 and

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