One marijuana store in Seattle is selling gold-wrapped joints for New Year’s Eve.

Share story

Talk about classin’ up the joint.

How’d you like to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a joint of high-quality cannabis wrapped in a 24-karat-gold rolling paper?

And how’d you like to pay $49 for that joint?

That’s one reason it’s called The Gift.

It’s opulent, decadent and aimed at the kind of folks who might want fancy Champagne or brandy for a memorable occasion. “One of our budtenders wants to impress his date on New Year’s Eve with it,” said April Roth, purchasing manager for Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop in Seattle, the only store now carrying The Gift.

The product is a 1-gram cigarette of sativa marijuana (purportedly the more energizing kind) with one-quarter gram of kief or hashish added to it. The total THC content is almost 28 percent, Roth said. It’s produced by the Solstice company in Seattle.

Each joint comes in a clear tube inside a black box with gold-embossed lettering. The boxes contain short stories about famous gifts given by the likes of Elvis Presley and Joe DiMaggio.

“Talk about shelf appeal,” Roth said. “We’ve never had anything like it in our shop before.”

The wrappers come from Shine Papers, which calls itself the first company to produce 24-karat-gold rolling papers.

Are they healthy? “There is no such thing as healthy smoking,” says the Shine website, “but the way our papers are made, the edible 24k gold actually stays on the ashes.”

That’s right. Some people like to eat gold. And you can buy edible gold leaf, flake and powder for such purpose. (Shine doesn’t recommend eating their ashes, though.)

Shine points to a study that found no significant adverse effects in rats that inhaled gold particles for up to six hours a day, five days a week, for three months.

Roth ordered 500 units of The Gift. “I just can’t stop staring at them,” she said. “They’re definitely a polar opposite of our $5 joints — not that there’s anything wrong with them. This is just another level.”