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Hollywood’s Elite Receive Cannabis Products in Oscar Goody Bags

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The top nominees at the 2019 Oscars won’t all go home with awards, but they won’t go home empty-handed either. The honorees receive lavish six-figure Oscar goody bags, complete with cannabis-friendly products.

The 91st Academy Awards will be held this Sunday, February 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The annual event honors the best actors, producers, directors, and technicians in the film industry. All 25 nominees in the acting and directing categories — which include awards for best actor and actress in leading and in supporting roles — will receive the gifts in the week leading up to the event.

This year’s Oscar goody bags feature goodies from Coda Signature. The company produces a line of bath balms, salves, oils, and artisan chocolates. The colorful, handmade chocolates are made from ethically sourced cacao and are typically infused with 10 milligrams of THC. Coda’s Crescendo and Forte collections come with six truffles in three different flavors — burnt caramel, earl grey, and juniper lemon.

However, according to a statement from the company, because cannabis products cannot be shipped across state lines,, these chocolates won’t contain THC.

Swag bags will also include skincare products from High Beauty, according to a CNBC report. The company makes a line of certified organic facial oils and moisturizers. Products are made with cannabis sativa seed extract and contain no THC.

This year’s nominees will also receive a week-long stay at Golden Door Spa, an Amazon cruise, and a Mister Poop emoji toilet plunger, among other items, according to CNBC.

The legendary Oscar goody bags are just as famous as the gold-plated bronze sculptures. Each bag is valued at over $100,000, and are full of luxury freebies. Previous gifts have included international vacations, spa retreats, designer jewelry, vampire breast lifts, and even vibrators.

Last year’s gift bag included a 12-day vacation for two to Tanzania, a year’s supply of skin and hair products, and a donation of Halo pet supplies/meals valued at $8,000 to the celebrity’s shelter or rescue of choice.

Bags are provided by Direct Assets, a marketing company with no affiliation to the Oscars. While the actual value of Oscar goody bags is not disclosed, the company ensures it contains six-figures worth of gifts. Previous bags — like those given at the 2016 Oscars — were reported to be valued at upwards of $230,000.

Companies donate the items included in the bags. Brands are known to pay an average of $4,000 in order to have their products featured in the annual giveaway. Direct Asset’s founder, Lash Fary, told Forbes in 2016 that the gifts are not part of a philanthropic effort. Rather, “We are gifting them for the same reason that they are paid upwards of $20 million for a single film…because their personal brand has value as a commodity.”

The Oscars — otherwise known as the Academy Awards — is put on by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). This year’s nominations for best movie include Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star is Born, Roma, and Green Book. This year’s honorees include Melissa McCarthy, Yalitza Aparicio, Mahershala Ali, and Rami Malek, among others.

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After 25 Years, Supreme Closes Iconic Lafayette Store

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In a move that has shocked through the streetwear community, Supreme has closed its original space on Lafayette after 25 years of business.

Back in February, the brand announced that its famous Lafayette location would be under renovation. Now, due to the unforeseen closure, the 190 Bowery location in Manhattan will now be the brand’s main location in the Big Apple.

 

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Off the Record, It’s National Expungement Week

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“Would you like to know an absolutely crazy fact? There are 77 million people in the United States who have a criminal record.” This crazy statistic that instantly grabs your attention is how Seth Rogen opens the PSA for National Expungement Week.

Rogen also asks, “What does ‘expungement’ mean?” ‘On the record’, expungement means, clearing or sealing the record of a person’s prior arrest, criminal charges or conviction.

That’s a possibility for some of the 77 million people with criminal records — a large amount being minor offenses — which make up nearly a quarter of the population of the United States. Having a criminal record seriously impedes the ability to live for millions of people. It restricts access to jobs, housing, education, and the right to vote.

National Expungement Week aka N.E.W. is the initiative of Cage-Free Repair (the non-profit section of Cage-Free Cannabis) Cannabis and Equity First Alliance.

Cage-Free Cannabis is rooted in three kinds of justice, from reparative, to economic and environmental. Equity First Alliance works to bring reparative justice to, and be a voice for, those who have been most harmed by the War on Drugs.

The initiative will see over 40 events held in 30 cities, which will host workshops, allowing people to meet with lawyers and experts who can help them clear records, from September 21-28.

Among other company’s and businesses, N.E.W. is supported by Houseplant, the cannabis company launched by Rogen and Evan Goldberg, in the hopes of exposing the social injustices associated with cannabis convictions.

With 18 events in 15 cities that helped nearly 300 people begin the process of changing their records, the inaugural National Expungement Week in 2018 was clearly a success and led to the initiative returning this year.

If you’re interested in clearing your record or helping someone else do the same, you can find further information — including the dates and details of specific events — on the official site of N.E.W.; offtherecord.us.

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Internet-à-Porter: 5 Wearable Technology Products for Smarter Fashion

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PHOTO | Levi Strauss

We live an era where people have a personal computer in their pocket or on their wrist. These devices also have almost instant and interrupted access to the Internet and the global hive mind. That tech continues to get smaller, smarter and faster with each generation. So much, the next logical step for everyday technology is to blend it with everyday apparel — in what is known as wearable technology, or wearables.

From Saint Laurent to Levi’s, these 5 wearables will make you think less about Google Glass and more Internet-à-porter.

Jacquard x Saint Laurent

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PHOTO | Jacquard

Saint Laurent is a French luxury fashion house (founded by its namesake Yves Saint Laurent), known for its aspirational high-end fashion, handbags and fragrances. And Jacquard by Google transforms clothing, making for an entirely new take on wearables. Jacquard technology is woven into the fabric of your clothes and accessories, such as the Jacquard x Saint Laurent Cit-e Backpack.

From taking photos, to playing music and even navigation, you can control your smartphone from touch gestures made possible by the Jacquard tech integrated into the left strap of the backpack. The backpack functions like the Apple Watch, with the interactive features built into what is an everyday item.

Jacquard x Levi’s

PHOTO | Jacquard

Founded in 1853, Levi’s has a long history of fashionable, yet innovative and functional clothing. The obvious next step was a collab with Jacquard by Google. That resulted in the Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket, the first product to be offered by Jacquard, which upgrades one of Levi’s most iconic products with user-friendly tech.

With features like articulated shoulders, reflectors sewn in, and a dropped hem at the tail, the denim jacket was specifically designed for urban cyclists. The Jacquard tech takes the features even further, with the functions woven right into the sleeve of the Commuter Trucker Jacket. This allows riders get directions, control their media, and stay connected while on the bike and on the go.

Bose Audio Sunglasses

PHOTO | Bose

Remember caps with headphones attached? It’s time to forget that kind of novelty. That won’t be difficult after using the Bose Audio Sunglasses. The sunglasses have built-in speakers (it is Bose after all) to make for an immersive audio experience. The thing is, the frames still look like sunglasses, only with the state-of-the-art audio tech embedded in a classic design.

The wearer hears rich, immersive audio, while everyone else hears almost nothing. That’s thanks to the exclusive miniaturized Bose speakers hidden in the temples. The frames aren’t just a comfortable way to listen to music or a podcast, with the company having also developed Bose AR, the first-of-its-kind audio augmented reality platform to complement the tech. That lets users experience more by augmenting the way you experience the world with content for ears instead of eyes (enhancing certain apps like Coachella’s).

Apple Watch

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PHOTO | Apple

It’s easy to forget that it was one of the first wearables available to the public (and also the best-selling) when it was released in April 2015. So, while the Apple Watch isn’t new tech, it definitely is cutting-edge tech, as the recently announced Apple Watch Series 5 is definitely that.

The Apple Watch is more than an interface between your smartphone and the user. The smartwatch has all the features of your iPhone but incorporates dedicated fitness tracking and health-oriented capabilities. The new Series 5 can even keep an eye on your heart, checking your heart rate throughout the day, notifying you if it appears too high or too low. Being customizable in the way of a case and strap (available from Apple Watch Studio), the Apple Watch isn’t just user-friendly but also a statement.

Oura Ring

PHOTO | Oura

Like a watch, a ring isn’t for everyone. But unlike a watch, a ring is less intrusive, especially when it can still track your sleep and your fitness. That kind of smart ring is available from Oura and is one of the world’s smallest wearables, if not the most advanced.

The Oura packs a lot of features in such a small package. It allows you to gain accurate and usable information of your sleeping patterns, your heart rate, body temperature trends, repository rate, even the steps taken and the calories burned. Not just that, but Oura can measure blood volume (directly from the palmar arteries of the finger) and the amplitude and intensity of body movements (through a 3D accelerometer and gyroscope). Put simply, it’s like an activity tracker but in a more discreet package.

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