Can you imagine this scenario? You’re waiting in line to buy a few pre-rolled joints or an eighth at your local, legal cannabis dispensary, a purchase that may cost $50, when suddenly someone walks in with $11,000 in cash to spend on just one product? Would your jaw drop? This is exactly what happened to the unsuspecting customers at Nuwu Cannabis Marketplace in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve.
Around 5pm local time, Brandon Hawkins, 36, walked into Nuwu to purchase the 24 gram specialty blunt that he had pre-ordered three months in advance. As the most expensive legal cannabis purchase known to date, this was not your average blunt. It was a Leira Cannagar packed with less than one ounce of cannabis flower (24 grams). Instead of a blunt wrap, this high-end treat is encased in organic hemp leaves and 24-karat gold.
How do I get one?
How does one go about placing a special order of this magnitude? It’s all about who you know, and it helps to have a friend in the industry, of course. Hawkins may have been visiting from Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve, but he previously lived in Las Vegas. An old friend, Ranson Shepherd, is co-founder of the Nevada cannabis brand Virtue. Per Hawkins request, Shepherd connected with the creators of the Leira Cannagar, a luxury brand in Washington, for a partnership. This $11,000 Leira Cannagar is packed with Virtue’s Pure Haze strain.
For how long does the most expensive blunt ever sold last?
According to Leira’s founder, Ariel Payopay, a smaller 12 gram Cannagar will burn for five to six hours, no matter how many people are sharing in the groove. One would assume then that a blunt packed with twice as much flower will last twice as long. Much like a tobacco cigar, you can’t just spark this Cannagar up with a Bic or it will not burn evenly. You also have to cut it first with a cigar cutter. If you want to light a Leira Cannagar like you know what you’re doing, use a torch lighter. No, not the torch you’re using to light your dab rig. You need a proper torch lighter made for cigars. If you still have no idea what any of this means, have no fear. There is an instructional video which you can watch here.
Before this record breaker, the most expensive legal product sold was a $10,000 Leira Cannagar in Seattle. News of the $10,000 Cannagar is what inspired Hawkins and his friends to place their special order for New Year’s Eve.