NEW YORK (MainStreet) - In another sign that marijuana has gone main stream, this year's top Oscar nominated actors, actresses and directors all went home with more than just greater industry recognition last night. They also brought with them, accompanied by an Oscar or not, a marijuana vaporizer currently listed at retail price of $250.
And you thought "Birdman" was trippy.
The Haze Vaporizer, as described by Jason Azurmendi, the marketing manager for Haze Technologies, "is the first portable vaporizer with dual chambers, allowing the user to vape two different materials -- dried herbs, concentrates, and oils -- interchangeably, all by the switch of a button. "
This marks a dramatic first for the "Everyone Wins At the Oscars" nominee gift bags that are an Oscar tradition.
"We feel privileged to achieve this unprecedented placement," said Azurmendi of the event. "Our presence as a counter culture industry in front of a mainstream audience such as the Oscars establishes the realization of the distance that both the vaping industry and marijuana industry have gone to making their mark as legitimate businesses and more importantly, way of life."
The total gift bag in 2015 was valued at $160,000, almost twice as much as the one distributed to Oscar nominees last year. It is given to all those nominated in Best Actor/Actress and supporting roles as well as those nominated as directors. Despite the fact that other items included in the nomination goodie bag are worth far more than an upmarket vape - including a three-night stay in Tuscany valued at $1,500, a luxury train ride through the Canadian Rockies (worth $14,500) and makeover products and beauty treatments estimated at values far more than that - it is the vaporizer of course that is making the biggest international splash. Rumours began to circulate as early as August last year that the newly introduced, highly priced Haze would be included in the Oscar giveaways.