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Sir Boss New Single "Be Careful" Cover Art via Warner Music Latina for use by 360 MAGAZINE

SIR BOSS – BE CAREFUL

El artista con raíces peruanas y panameñas más conocido como Sir Boss, lanza su nueva canción llamada “Be Careful.”

Be Careful” es una propuesta de una noche diferente, donde en una idea simple está lo fantástico”, dijo Sir Boss.

Esta canción escrita por Sir Boss y producida por el productor BK, es una mezcla de dancehall con un poco de rock, que plantea una mezcla de diferentes sonidos, como suele hacer Sir Boss en sus composiciones.

Los más recientes lanzamientos de Sir Boss son “Mala” junto a Yemil y BK, “Quality” junto Eiby y Da Silva y “Broadway” junto a Mole y Fulo el Yeyo. Los más recientes lanzamientos de Sir Boss son “Mala” junto a Yemil y BK, “Quality” junto Eiby y Da Silva y “Broadway” junto a Mole y Fulo el Yeyo.

Más sobre Sir Boss:
Carlos Paolo Torrejón, más conocido como Sir Boss, es un artista, productor y compositor nacido en Lima, Perú, pero radicado en Panamá desde los 6 años de edad, lo que lo ha llevado a tener influencias de ambos países.
 
Inició su carrera en el 2011 al introducirse en la industria musical panameña como productor y/o compositor para artistas como Sech, con quien trabajó temas como “El Error”, “El Grammy” y “Sentimientos de papel”, esta última con más de 15 millones de visualizaciones en Youtube. También hizo parte de “Good Bye” de Tachi, “Buquitdesalshi” de Boza, y “No te molestes” de Yemil, entre otras.
 
En el 2020 lanzó su proyecto como cantautor con “Asintomático”, seguido de “Verte Encima” y “Bandior”, las cuales también produjo. Desde pequeño sus influencias musicales han sido la salsa y el rock, lo cual lo ha incitado a atreverse a mezclar ritmos para construir esta nueva propuesta, que como la define él, es “fresca

“BE CAREFUL” Disponible Aquí

DG7 LEO

DOLCE&GABBANA reimagines opulence with its DG7 leo timepiece. Inlaid in 18K pink gold, this piece of art presents 3013 contrasting brown and black diamonds. Manufactured in Switzerland, this DG7 is equipped with an electronic quartz movement powered by a 1.5V battery, which has a life of 3 years. The model is reminiscent of Y2K, embracing the house’s vivacious yet avant-garde DNA.

The popular leopard motif is nostalgic for the early 2000s, incorporating the marquee’s flamboyant spirit. It marks a definitive moment for the designer while the graphic tellurium exudes everlasting elegance.

With such a bold intersection of esthetics and automation, DOLCE&GABBANA continues to thrive as a progressive force in fashion.

Check out DG’s MOLTO ITALIANO

Armon Hayes in leather jacket for 360 MAGAZINE

Four Things to Keep in Mind While Buying a Bespoke Leather Jacket

Leather jackets can make ordinary attire look cool. Sporting a leather jacket can enhance your looks manifold. Therefore, one must be very particular about buying them. 

Though off-the-rack readymade jackets come in a variety of sizes for you to try, they may not fit you the best. In contrast, a bespoke leather jacket can be tailored to bring out the best in you. 

If you buy a custom-made jacket, you can avail a plethora of benefits like the customized leather fit, personality enhancement, personalized style, etc.

But the question is what factors should be considered to buy a custom-made jacket?

Well, don’t worry because we have put together a list for you. Let’s take a look:

1.     Quality

You don’t plan to buy a leather jacket every second month, or do you? That is why it is best to get quality assurance from the company customizing your leather jacket. 

It is best to know which material is being used for production. Also, ensure that they use good-quality studs, zippers, and buttons. The last thing you want is a zipper of sub-par quality that makes an obnoxious noise and gives a coarse feeling.

2.     Purpose

Leather jackets come in different colors and styles. Therefore, you must decide the purpose behind buying it. However, you cannot get such liberty while buying an off-the-rack piece as it is made keeping a standard design in mind.    

Once you know where you will be using your custom-made jacket, it will be much easier to convey the design you wish for your jacket. 

Bomber style jackets are optimum for formal occasions and workplaces, whereas funky avant-garde style jackets are perfect for casual get-togethers where these jackets can make you stand out. 

3.     The right fit

Fitting is a paramount factor that decides what your personality will look like. The best way to convey the measurements is by sending one of your pre-existing jackets to the company so that they can get the right idea about your body structure. First, however, make sure the jacket you are sending fits you perfectly. 

Along with the fit, you must aim for comfort too. Anything too loose will make the jacket look baggy. In contrast, a jacket too tight will be extremely uncomfortable. 

Therefore, it would be best to choose a size that perfectly sits on your body and enhances its appearance. 

4.     Color

The color of your leather makes a spark difference in the way people perceive you. For example, if you are wearing a bold red jacket, you may come across as someone funky in the eyes of the people. In contrast, if you are sporting a standard black leather jacket, you will come across as someone classy and stylish. 

A serious drawback with bold jackets is that you cannot sport them everywhere and every time since it is eye-catching. But, on the other hand, you don’t want people to think you wear the same jacket every day. 

So, choose your color wisely. And, if you are having trouble choosing one, then simply opt for a black or a brown color jacket as they never go out of style.

Final Thoughts 

The definition of a perfect custom-made jacket can be different for different people. However, before buying one, you must know the purpose behind it. The good purpose will help you communicate the right design instructions to the manufacturer.

Also, do not hesitate to ask for a free trial. During that phase, you can test the comfort level, the fit, and the looks. 

Authentic bespoke jacket manufacturing companies allow you a free trial for 3-7 days. In the meantime, if you find it uncomfortable, you can send the jacket back for alteration.

So, consider these tips and get a custom-made jacket today. 

Bo + Tee

Bo + Tee Christmas Soiree

Oh Polly, the brand that has been sweeping the internet and part of every major influencer’s wardrobe, is now redefining the women’s athleisure space with their sister company Bo+Tee. The UK based brand debuted their latest collection at The Bonaventure Brewing Company on December 15th, 2021.

The infamous brewery located on the fourth floor of The Westin in DTLA was the perfect venue to host their first event. Immediately walking in, guests are greeted with a DJ playing hits from Drake to Megan the Stallion, and with a bar serving drinks from red wine to hot chocolate spiked with Baileys. Finger foods were served throughout the evening including chicken skewers, cheese burgers, and a stand with churros and cotton candy for those sweet lovers. 

Christmas came early this year! Attendees picked a set of their choosing from the latest collection. The articles of clothing were displayed in the back of the venue for guests to admire, while walking away with free Bo+Tee. We continued to canvas the floor deck of the venue, eventually stumbling upon a screen printing booth giving out special tote bags.

To end the night, fragrance brand Sarah Horowitz Parfums set up a station to concoct your own custom perfume. The process started with questions asking about one’s favorite citrus and favorite foods. In only fifteen minutes, the team constructed the scent of your dreams based on your answers. 

The Bo + Tee’s capsule collection consists of five different pieces. This includes different variations of contemporary colored crop tops and seamless leggings. The pieces from the latest drop range from $30-$40. The collection can be available for purchase on us.ohpolly.com

More on Bo+Tee:

Bo+Tee is the sister company of Oh Polly, selling activewear and fitness accessories globally. Bo+Tee was first launched in 2020 and since then has grown online at an impressive rate, with the official Instagram account boasting over 1 million followers. Their mission statement is to make people look and feel their best through form fitting activewear which combines innovation, style and function. Bo+Tee is one of the few UK activewear brands which designs and produces its own garments. As a result, they combine both exceptional quality (which they carefully control) with unique trends and performance driven styles.

Rockstar Original DTLA by Kai Yeo for use by 360 Magazine

Rockstar Original – DTLA Headquarters

Inspired by the owners of the brand Frank Mechaly and David Mathey, the philosophy of Rockstar is to always stay-true and remember your roots. Rockstar believes that being genuine means finding the path to both a soulful and aesthetic balance. The unique sense of handcrafted details, the passion for quality and sustainability, and a nose for long-living trends makes Rockstar the ultimate must have for fashionistas worldwide.

Rockstar Original recently moved into their newly refurbished headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles and I was lucky enough to be invited for a tour of the office. Starting with a complimentary Uber Lux ride, we were picked up in a Black Chevrolet Suburban (the whole Beyonce experience!) directly to the Rockstar Original offices; a 20,000 square foot workspace that all of Rockstar’s creative processes happens.

Much like how the brand is very focused on individualistic touches, the workspace features many artworks that are hip and unique, such as contemporary sculptures by the French street artist David DAVID and installations by Los Angeles-based artist Punk Me Tender. In Frank and David’s office, both sides are decked out with BE@RBRICK figures, created by Japan’s Medicom Toy, also a canvas for modern expression and intersection of style, art, and fashion.

Over a glass of champagne and a prepared charcuterie board, I sat down with Frank Mechaly to talk about the new office space and view some of their latest drops. The new Rockstar location used to be a fabric warehouse, and they were the first brand to move in March 2020, “When all this happened over the pandemic… you know, I really thought we were crazy. But it all worked out.” David also popped by to say hello and gave me a tour around the office, showing us the warehouse where shipments came in and out every day (they’re even running out of space!), the printing studio where each piece is made, the customer service center, and photo studios. Due to space constraints, Rockstar also has another atelier further down the street where they go in to add final touches, hand paint, and wash products.

Anyone who steps into this space can tell that Rockstar is well thought out and has a sense of uniqueness in their designs, “We build our denim thinking how it can empower and flourish the potential of every single individual.” At Rockstar Original, they are known for their streetwear style and are dropping hundreds of looks every month. They have an in-house photographer shooting in the first-floor studio every day, and new looks ready to be photographed every couple of hours. This allows Rockstar to constantly be up to date with the latest trends happening in the hip-hop and rap music world. Frank mentions that both him and David are behind every single style that they drop on the website, making sure that their pieces are always aligned with the brand DNA, “We want to make sure you can always instantly recognize one of our iconic jackets and track sets.”

Rockstar also sent me home with a goodie bag filled with fashionable pieces, including their best-selling Roman Chain Necklace, this super flattering Sadie Skirt Set, a matching track set, some high-tops, and more.

Shop Rockstar Originals best-sellers here.

Rockstar Original DTLA by Kai Yeo for use by 360 Magazine

Rockstar Original DTLA by Kai Yeo for use by 360 Magazine

Rockstar Original DTLA by Kai Yeo for use by 360 Magazine

Rockstar Original DTLA by Kai Yeo for use by 360 Magazine

Rockstar Original DTLA by Kai Yeo for use by 360 Magazine

Chinese Laundry Event photo by Kai Yeo for use by 360 Magazine

Chinese Laundry × JuneShine

By: Kai Yeo

Outstanding quality, unique designs, and an affordable price tag – our shoe choice for this season has got to be Chinese Laundry. With groundbreaking styles season after season, it is no surprise that this brand is also celebrity approvedBlake Lively and Miley Cyrus among the list – featuring trendy designs as well as refined classics perfect to transition from day to night. On Wednesday, we got to preview the new Chinese Laundry summer and fall collections at JuneShine, paired with hard kombucha and a floral arrangement session.

With the cutest balloon arch entrance set up, we were welcomed with hard kombucha and charcuterie boards along with the prettiest decorations. As I arrived ahead of time (in my Summer Rayva Sandals), I got the opportunity to mingle with the team and talk more about the current summer launch and upcoming fall collection, a mix of styles and trends ideal for today’s fashion-forward landscape.

If you’re new to Chinese Laundry, they have been in the shoes business since 1971. Growing to become a globally recognized fashion footwear distributor, the brand has now expanded into a family of four unique brands:

  • Chinese Laundry – Styles range from dress heels to casual flats, all designed to meet the season’s most desired trends
  • Dirty Laundry – Designed with edge in Los Angeles. Dirty Laundry is casual and vintage-inspired, with a twist of California rocker-cool. Iconic designs and bold silhouettes embody the brand’s timeless collection.
  • CL By Laundry – Responds to trends in the market and translates designs into affordable, easy-to-wear styles. The collection transitions seamlessly from work, weekend, and everything in between.
  • 42 Gold – Destined to elevate any look for the busy on-the-go woman. Indulge in luxury inspired designs without breaking the budget. Quality craftsmanship and versatile silhouettes are designed to meet the needs of a modern lifestyle. Jamie Chung collaborated with them in 2019 for a 12-piece shoe collection launch.

In the mini preview we saw, Chinese Laundry has proven to us yet again that their style is on point. Their new collection of shoes ranges from classic formal to trendy, offering a great array of styles. With so many options to choose from, you’ll be sure to find something you love for the next season! As more guests started to trickle in, we decided to look around the space and found the entire backroom filled with a gorgeous array of flowers – aided by florist Tess, we even got to make our own special denim bouquet.

With so many conversations and activities going on, it was time for some food and a second glass of kombucha. JuneShine is an all-natural, organic, gluten-free hard kombucha made from green tea and honey. The primary fermentation is done by pitching yeast and honey to create a probiotic kombucha, and more yeast and cane sugar is added during the secondary fermentation (which brings the kombucha to 6% alcohol). If the alcohol percentage is a little overwhelming for anyone, JuneShine also offers flights of three which allows you to get a little sampler of everything. They also serve good empanadas (chicken, beef, and caprese) and a really mean vegan pizza haute pocket. While there are no meal options, eating a couple of those empanadas will have you fuller than you expect!

By the end of the Summer Launch Party with Chinese Laundry, we had our bellies filled and hands busy with flowers, kombucha, shoes, and even a little gift bag filled with local and sustainable goodies such as stainless steel drinking straws and my personal favorite – Lotus and Luna bracelets. Discovering that Lotus and Luna takes pride in making accessories and committed to helping their Thai artisans escape the cycle of poverty by providing them a proper wage and housing made the gift bag from Chinese Laundry very special.

Knowing that Chinese Laundry is not just a one-stop shop for vegan and fashionable footwear but that they also support small socially responsible brands has just increased our love for this brand, and we can’t wait to style our new shoes!

Highlights: Grapefruit Paloma Kombucha, Chicken Empanadas, flower bouquets wrapped with sustainable denim, and of course, shoes!

About the Author:

Kai Yeo is from Singapore and has traveled on various occasions to Thailand since she grew up in the area.

Chinese Laundry Event photo by Kai Yeo for use by 360 Magazine

Chinese Laundry Event photo by Kai Yeo for use by 360 Magazine

Chinese Laundry Event photo by Kai Yeo for use by 360 Magazine

Chinese Laundry Event photo by Kai Yeo for use by 360 Magazine

Chinese Laundry Event photo by Kai Yeo for use by 360 Magazine

Oscar Stone illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Oscar Stone LTD

By: Emily Bunn x Vaughn Lowery

Oscar Stone LTD is a family-owned jewelry firm based in the Bronx, New York. Oscar Stone sells timeless jewelry, including customizable earrings, watches, bracelets, pendants, chains, and mouth grillz, which are all created from the beginning to the end internally. Oscar’s most popular article, baguette diamond earrings, dazzle his clients with their blinding beauty. Oscar Stone recognizes the value of using durable diamonds and jewelry from the Bronx community.

While lockdown created a lull for other companies, Oscar used the downtime to bolster his burgeoning business. His reach on social media via Instagram featured Oscar to many celebrity customers, including Jojo Simmons, Young Dirty Bastard, and Kid Capri, among others. Oscar Stone‘s jewelry exudes a true dedication to his craft, which is why his extensive list of clients keeps expanding.

The last authentic district of New York, the Bronx, houses the next largest jeweler in New York. Oscar Stone LTD stands apart from other jewelers such as Jacob the Jeweler, Greenwich Street Jewelers, and Martin Busch Jewelers because of its innovative approach to bespoke jewelry and sustainable practices and inspirational dedication to their craft. Oscar’s relentless pursuit of fine diamonds and customer satisfaction during the pandemic has allowed his business to flourish more than ever. Looking to the future, Oscar aims to continue creating custom designs for his customers and grow his business to become a familiar name.

We talked with Oscar about his background in gemology, his favorite custom orders, and his business expansion plans in the Bronx.

How did you get started in making jewelry and performing gemology for Oscar Stone?

I’m a G.I.A. accredited gemologist. Basically, growing up my whole life, [my] family– aunts, uncles, cousins– we all just did jewelry. So getting the jewelry was the easy part. It’s a family trade, really; it’s one of our best-kept secrets.

How did you build your clientele when you began in the jewelry business?

I knew about jewelry; gold wasn’t something crazy new to me. It’s like all your aunts and uncles own auto repair shops–you fix a couple of the tires, do a couple of oil changes, and you just kind of figure it out by yourself. When I had my own spot, building my clientele did really start from scratch. I didn’t have any celebrities or influencers, so I just had to open up shop and see what I could do. Before I did that, I actually did go to GIA (Gemological Institute of America) diamond school. I knew that GIA offered courses for this type of stuff. I spent a couple of months educating myself–[even] just [concerning] diamonds; there’s so many things about diamonds.

Once I finished the education, I decided to really bring in some clients. I was in business for about three years, and then I just started going heavy on social media. Once I started publishing my work on social media, the followers started coming. You know, not[hing] crazy yet, but I started getting a couple thousand [followers]. That’s when the business started taking off. I started hiring friends of mine and a lot of people, [and] my staff grew from four or five people to like twenty-five people. Business exploded when I started getting people who were verified on Instagram and had 300–400,000 followers. Once I started getting those clientele, the ball really started rolling. And that’s where we are now, about a year later.

What celebrities/notable clients have you done jewelry work for?

I would say the biggest guy that I’ve done work for would be, Jojo Simmons from RUN–D.M.C. I’ve done work for Young Dirty Bastard, who is the son of Old Dirty Bastard from the Wu Tang Clan. [Regarding] household names, I’ve done guys as big as Tonio Skits and Darius D.K. [Also,] I’ve done work for [Kid] Capri.

How do you source the best diamonds/gems for jeweling?

I don’t always get the same diamonds from the same supplier. The reason is, once you start working with somebody for diamonds and you guys get comfortable, then they start sending you lesser quality parcels. A parcel is basically like a bag of diamonds, [which come in] a lot of different sizes. They should all be the same clarity, and you sort through them to see that the quality is consistent.

I can buy 50 carats of diamonds this month [or] this week, and then I’ll run out by making all the jewelry. And so, I need to reorder. If the quality starts to become inconsistent with the price that I’m paying, I’ll switch over to another diamond supplier. Most of my diamond suppliers are in India, so I’ve had to fly out there a few times and look at some parcels, look at some factories, and see how they’re all doing it.

[Or, for example,] if I have to build a watch and do it three weeks, and [clients] don’t give me enough time, I have to get [diamonds] local[ly].

What is your favorite jewelry design you sell?

My favorite designs [are] always the custom pieces I make. I always love doing custom work, I just love like how intricate they are. I just did a piece for a client of mine–it’s this huge custom piece that spins when you spin it. I’ve had the most fun working on it, that’s my favorite piece right now. I’m working on another one that might top it, but we’re gonna keep it under wraps for now.

What is your jewelry specialty?

My signature I would say is the baguette earrings, that’s what most people know me for. Out of all my followers, I would say 20,000 of them might have been from the baguette earrings.

I do really, really good with the baguette diamond earrings that are on my website. I could sell as many as 20 pairs a day. A lot of people [who] are from out of state buy that. A lot of people [come] in store as well. The baguette diamonds are just such a popular thing for me right now. I have to make hundreds and hundreds of pairs just to keep up with demand.

What is the most popular order you receive from clients?

The baguette diamonds are just like something you really don’t see out of New York. And so, people love them. It’s also my bread and butter…It’s gonna go, it’s gonna sell, and sell classic.

What’s next for you?

I’m going to be moving to another location on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx–I’m true to the Bronx, I don’t wanna leave the Bronx. So, I’m moving to a store that is down the block from me. It has three times the retail space, and a basement attached to it. I’ll be able to really put a factory down there. As long as the people keep loving my jewelry and what I do, I’m going to keep delivering the best I can. To do that, and to give the best prices, you need to do things in-house. I’m going to have a 1500 sq ft basement where I’ll be able to put ten diamond setters down there and set diamonds all day. The second floor will be an office to do all the online [work]. On the floor-level will be retail and the showroom, so people who want to see things in-person, I can show them right there. That is my short-term goal in the next one or two years. Long term, I want to be a household name, but one thing at a time.

Photo Credit:  Anthony Duque

Oscar Stone LTD Baguette Diamond Earrings

Green Car by Mina Tocalini for 360 Magazine

Easy Ways to Keep Your Car Perfectly Maintained

So you finally bought a new car–or at least, new to you–and you want to keep it running and looking as new as can be. Here are some long-term car maintenance tips that you can use to ensure that.

Be Careful While Driving

Nothing will ruin your car faster than getting into an accident. By getting into the habit of checking your mirrors before you get on the road and making sure all of the turn signals are working, you can see and be seen while maneuvering through traffic.

Fluids Matter

Just like your body, your car needs to have all of the right fluids at the proper levels. Make sure to check the oil at the recommended intervals, as well as check other fluids such as transmission and coolant. When the fluid levels are all properly monitored, the engine operates under much less stress than it would otherwise.

Wash and Wax

While you may not think of washing and waxing your car as a form of maintenance, it really is. By washing your car on a regular basis. as well as waxing it, you can do more than just give a nice shine to the vehicle. You are removing dirt and grime that can damage the exterior of the car. In certain areas of the country, your car may even be subject to road salt that can eat away at your car and destroy the undercarriage. If you are unsure of the proper washing and waxing techniques, you can check out a guide that provides pro tips on how to get the job done.

Watch Your Tires

Driving on balding tires can prove to be extremely dangerous. When the tires have a lack of traction, they can easily spin out of control. If the tires are too worn, they may actually blow out while you are driving. To maintain the tread of the vehicle, always make sure the tires are inflated to the recommended pressure level.

Don’t Ignore the Signs

All cars have warning lights that indicate there is a problem with the vehicle. It is never a good idea to ignore these. As soon as possible after a warning light comes on, take the vehicle into a mechanic or an auto parts store and have them figure out the issue is–otherwise it could lead to a more severe long-term issue.

You Get What You Pay For

While you should avoid shops that overcharge, you should also avoid mechanics that are always trying to give cheap repairs or use improper techniques. Find a mechanic who stands behind their work, but who also uses quality parts to get the job done. Failure to do so may result in vehicle degradation, accidents, and even void the warranty that naturally comes with newer cars. You’ll be glad you went with quality over price.

Marijuana illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Honest Marijuana Company

In the old days of illegal weed, the price you paid for your weekend toke depended mostly on who was selling it to you. These were behind-the-scenes transactions, with no recourse for a deal gone bad and no way to price compare with a competitor. You paid the price asked or you went without.

Now, as state legalization grows and the chatter about federal legalization becomes less talk and more reality, the game has changed forever for the buyer. So, it’s a good time to be clear on what you’re paying for before you go to your local cannabis boutique, or even the corner store, if you should be so lucky to have marijuana available for sale there!

First off, price comparing starts with quantity

If you want to look at what your weed is going to cost you, and even compare different strains, it’s best to pick a quantity. From state to state, the price of quantity X will vary, based on factors we’ll discuss later, but for now, it’s important to understand what quantities you can order in. 

The most common quantities you can buy cannabis in are a gram, eighth of an ounce, quarter of an ounce, half an ounce, and a full ounce. Notice how the common quantities mix metric and Imperial measuring units? A gram is 1/1000th of a kilogram and an ounce is 1/16th of a pound. Typically, you’ll find that dispensaries will use ounces for larger quantities, and grams for a smaller purchase.

What does a gram look like? It’s about the size of a bottle cap, which gives you a visual point of reference to figure out what you’re getting for what price. The average joint is about 0.7 grams of weed so a gram will give you about 1.5 joints. Here are the other measurements, to give you a rough idea of what you’re getting:

  • An eighth of an ounce (which is roughly 3.5 grams) will give you just about 5 joints.
  • A quarter of an ounce (7 grams) will net about 10 joints.
  • A half an ounce (14 grams) will give you about 20 joints.
  • A full ounce (28 grams) is just about equal to 40 joints.

From Alaska to West Virginia, that price per ounce of medium quality weed can run anywhere from $6 to $12.

Quality is the next factor

If you look at average prices of weed across the country, they’re pretty stable and typically refer to medium quality cannabis. When you want to compare a gram of cannabis from one shop to another, a major increase in price could be because of the quality of the product. 

For example, an organic and locally indoor grown variety might be more expensive than a mass produced, imported one. You really do have to compare apples to apples, if you want to be sure you’re getting the right picture.

Other factors that will influence the price of weed

Your state’s legal stance toward cannabis

If you live in a state where cannabis isn’t legal in any form, obviously you’re still operating in the old ways of quiet deals made with people who don’t really care to negotiate the prices they feel like charging. After all, they risk going to jail for providing you with your ‘chill’ so there’s a premium attached to that.

In the states that have legalized recreational marijuana (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington), you’ll find competition higher and prices that reflect that.

The remaining twenty-one states that have legalized medical marijuana require a doctor’s note to obtain it, which isn’t a particularly challenging hurdle in most places, so this doesn’t affect the prices too significantly.

One place where cannabis is particularly expensive? Washington D.C. Despite legalization of medical and recreational use, they didn’t legalize the purchase of cannabis. That little detail is reflected in prices that are almost twice the national average for legalized / decriminalized states!

The physical geography of where you live

Cannabis isn’t an overly fussy plant to cultivate but it does prefer warm, stable temperatures, averaging in the daytime around 80 degrees. Places that have daytime temperatures that run hotter than 88 degrees or colder than 60 degrees have a harder time growing—it’s a slower process—and can end up with plants that have lower THC content and therefore lower overall quality.

So, if you live in Alaska or New Hampshire, for example, your weed has most likely been brought in from elsewhere, which means added costs in transportation and labor, to package and ship.

How your weed is grown

How your preferred brand is grown makes a difference on quality. 

  • Are they grown outdoors where light, water, soil, and ambient daytime temperatures are all free for the asking and therefore don’t add to the cost of production? 
  • Are they grown indoors, where special electrical lighting, watering and feed systems, and climate control are all required and add to the cost of production? 

Outdoor grown weed can be lower quality in that there aren’t many ways to control Mother Nature. Being able to control elements through technology can yield a higher quality product. From pest and humidity control to very specific watering schedules, as well as the use of light waves to maximize growth and intensity, indoor growers have the keys to control quality in ways that outdoor growers really cannot.

Factor in also whether the grower is using organic production methods, as this will definitely yield a higher quality product. No toxins from pesticides means a cleaner experience for you.

Where you buy your marijuana

Are you buying from a boutique dispensary or a corner store? Are you buying from a chain of cannabis stores or from a one-man dealer? Which way you go will affect the price you pay.

Dispensaries have overhead and staff to pay, which adds to the cost. However, they also have guidelines to follow in terms of packaging and labeling, as well as a vested interest in pleasing their customer, so they’re a good bet. You will know exactly what you’re getting, including the sourcing, THC content, whether it’s organic or not and so on. If you buy from a dealer, who is claiming to sell high quality products, you have no guarantees whatsoever that they are telling the truth.

Competitors drive the price down

Supply and demand is an easy equation. If there are several dispensaries with similar offerings in your area, the price per gram will be lower than in an area with no competition for your one dispensary. There is less supply for potentially similar demand, which can easily affect the price. The key as a consumer is to know your average pricing so you can tell whether or not you are getting a good deal.

Taxation and legalization go hand in hand

The states that have legalized marijuana have also clued in that it is an important revenue source. Sales tax, if the state has one, is applied to cannabis too. The rate can be higher for weed than for other products, as it is in Colorado. They have a state sales tax rate of 2.9% but the rate for weed? 10%.

In addition to sales tax, legal sellers are faced with taxes in production, purchasing, packing and transportation, costs that are typically downloaded to the end consumer.

The timing of your purchases

Time of year can impact the price of weed. Like most cultivated crops, the largest amounts are harvested in and around the month of September. Result? The supply is up, and prices should go down a little. 

As legalization continues to expand, state to state and even federally, the pricing will become more standard and easier to predict. At that point, the quality of the weed will be the big differentiator and as the end consumer, that’s not a small factor to consider. Buy with care and enjoy yourself!

Bio:

Anthony Franciosi, also known as Ant, is an honest to goodness farmer whose fingers are as green as the organic cannabis he grows. He is the proud founder of Honest Marijuana– an all-natural, completely organic marijuana growery in Colorado.

Questlove Supreme with Reverend Al Sharpton illustration for use by 360 Magazine

Questlove Supreme Black History Month Programming

Last Week Featured Acclaimed Episode With Iconic Singer-Songwriter Stephanie Mills

Acclaimed music & pop culture-based iHeart Podcast Series, Questlove Supreme, today releases its newest episode featuring an exclusive interview with the legendary, Reverend Al Sharpton. This episode of Questlove Supreme is the perfect way close out the podcast’s Black History Month programming while continuing the conversation.

At 4 years old Reverend Al Sharpton knew what his mission would be in life and so his journey began as a great orator, warrior and leader in the plight of justice and equality for Black people. Listen as Reverend Al shares his story with Quest and Team Supreme and find out how music was pivotal in framing his story.

Listen to this week’s episode featuring Reverend Al Sharpton, out today HERE.

Listen to last week’s episode with Stephanie Mills HERE.

Prior guests on Questlove Supreme have included Mariah Carey, Zoe Kravitz, James Taylor, Seth Rogan,  Estelle, Jimmy Fallon, Kurtis Blow and several others. It was announced earlier this year that Questlove Supreme is rolling out Classic Episodes from years past on Mondays. These episodes will include conversations with Michelle Obama, Cree Summer, Lenny Kravitz, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Weird Al and many more. Check them out HERE.

Questlove Supreme is a fun, irreverent and educational weekly podcast that digs deep into the stories of musical legends and cultural icons in a way that only Questlove and Team Supreme can deliver. Each episode is driven by conversation ranging from the guest’s origins (along with a few never-before-revealed secrets to their success) to their life passions and current projects. Additional hosts on the series include renowned and award-winning on-air personality and music commentator Laiya St.Clair, GRAMMY Award-nominated rapper/singer Phonte Coleman, GRAMMY, Tony and Emmy award winning music director “Unpaid” Bill Sherman, and engineer for Questlove, The Roots, The Tonight Show and Elvis Costello, “Suga” Steve Mandel.