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Nevada Governor Concerned About Cannabis Cafes

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Brian Sandoval is raising concerns about a new opinion by lawyers for the state legislature that says nothing in state law prohibits local governments from allowing marijuana consumption in businesses such as cannabis lounges and cafes.

“I did not support them previously,” Sandoval told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Tuesday. “I don’t support them now.”

Sandoval said in an email to the Reno Gazette-Journal he’s concerned that such establishments could pop up “piecemeal throughout the state” with different rules and regulatory structures.

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He also questions why Sen. Tick Segerblom proposed legislation this spring to legalize consumption in some public places if the legal authority already existed.

That measure failed to pass last session. But Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, said Monday the new opinion by the Legislative Counsel Bureau should help clear the way for county commissions and city councils to approve legal cannabis consumption at places including special events.

Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak says the commission will discuss the issue at next week’s meeting.

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Adults in Nevada 21 years and older have been able to legally buy recreational marijuana since July 1.

Sandoval, a Republican former federal judge, initially opposed legalization of recreational marijuana voters approved last November but said he accepted the will of the people and pushed an early-sale program that began in July instead of waiting six months later as scheduled to expedite collection of revenue from state cannabis taxes.

Sandoval said he’s worried legalization of cannabis lounges might invite more federal scrutiny of Nevada’s marijuana sales. He said he has not read the bureau’s opinion, but he would like the attorney general’s office to weigh in on the matter. He said an opinion from the Legislative Counsel Bureau “doesn’t have any precedential value.”


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Cannabis Lounges Looking More Likely in Las Vegas

Nevada is moving forward on consumption lounges after a letter from its legislative council bureau to State Sen. Tick Segerblom last weekend said such businesses would not violate state law.

A new legal opinion says consumption at lounges, festivals, concerts, and one-off events would be allowed under state law.

The letter, dated Sept. 10, also claims that one-off events, like festivals and concerts, where the plant is consumed should also be allowed.

“It is the opinion of this office that a business may establish and operate a lounge or other facility or special event at which patrons of the business are allowed to use marijuana in compliance of state law,” Legislative Council Brenda Erdoes wrote to Segerblom.

Ballot Question 2, the adult-use legalization measure passed by voters last November, allows for the possession and consumption of up to one ounce of marijuana flower or up to one-eighth the equivalent of THC concentrates and edibles by adults in Nevada. But language in the law is generally unclear on consumption regulations outside of a private residence. So state lawmakers questioned its reach.

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Earlier Clarification Effort Failed

Segerblom’s Senate Bill 236, introduced during the past sessions of the Nevada State Legislature, aimed to provide a framework for local jurisdictions wanting to license marijuana lounge operations. The bill passed the Senate but died in the House after facing resistance from Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. Sandoval argued that such lounges go beyond what’s allowed by the US Department of Justice’s 2013 Cole Memorandum and put Nevada at “greater risk” of an enforcement crackdown by the Justice Department.

Segerblom said Sunday’s legislative council opinion confirms that SB236 was not necessary.

“Now it’s up to county commissions and city councils across the state,” he said. “They can license these businesses if they want to.”

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Gov. Sandoval Disagrees

Speaking Tuesday, the Nevada governor said he objected to Erdoes’ opinion and called on Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s office to advise the Nevada Department of Taxation about how to statutorily prevent such lounges.

Laxalt’s spokewoman Monica Moazez referred all questions to the Nevada Department of Taxation, whose spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein did not respond to multiple calls and emails for comment on Monday and Tuesday.

While cannabis industry representatives in Nevada celebrated news of the legislative council’s opinion, they described feelings of “cautious optimism” toward local licensing process, which could take months to complete before the first Las Vegas marijuana lounge opens its doors.

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Dispensaries Moving Carefully

“I would like to see a cautious approach,” said Nevada Dispensary Association President Andrew Jolley, whose advocacy organization represents 55 of 60 licensed dispensaries across the state. “This is a huge step in the right direction, but we recognize it can be a thorny issue and may not be solved overnight.”

Over 43 million tourists descended on Las Vegas last year, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, and Segerblom has billed the new industry as “Amsterdam on steroids” in one of the world’s most popular visitor destinations. But Nevada law doesn’t explicitly give tourists anywhere to use the plant besides a private residence. That means hotels, public parks and casinos are all off-limits.

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Armen Yemenidjian, owner of Essence Cannabis Dispensary, said his roughly 500 daily tourist shoppers would benefit from having an adjacent lounge to the dispensary where they can use the product.

“At this point, I don’t see why not,” Yemenidjian said. “No one to date has been able to answer the question where these tourists should consume and where they can go to try out these products that are now legal.”

Jolley predicted the lounges would also attract a sizeable amount of local residents looking for education on “how to use the product responsibly.” Local recreational cannabis buyers make up 80 percent of the clientele at Jolley’s Las Vegas dispensary, located five miles west of the Strip.

Go Ahead and Buy, Just Don’t Consume

Leading officials in Clark County, which includes the Strip among other popular tourist areas in the Las Vegas Valley, expressed willingness to explore opportunities with the lounges after reading Sunday’s opinion letter.

‘People are purchasing product they can’t consume anywhere, and we’ve got to address this situation.’

Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commission Chairman

County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak added an agenda item on marijuana lounges to the commission’s next scheduled meeting on Sep. 19, and said it will likely be developed over the span of the next three meetings, which take place every two weeks. The county’s Green Ribbon Panel, which includes Jolley and Yemenidjian, will also provide recommendations to the county commission after an Oct. 4 panel meeting.

Sisolak said the marijuana laws, as currently interpreted, leave county visitors “in the lurch.”

“I’m very sympathetic to these people because they have no place to go to,” Sisolak said. “They’re purchasing product they can’t use anywhere and we’ve got to address this situation.”

While Sisolak wouldn’t provide a timetable for possible opening dates, Jolley and Yemenidjian were more optimistic. If all goes according to plan, the two Las Vegas dispensary owners said they’re ready to launch their own cannabis lounges as early as next month.

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Nevada Legalization Is Changing the Las Vegas Scene. Could Consumption Lounges Be Next?

Nevada’s legalization has changed the entire tourism industry in Las Vegas. Ever since legal cannabis made its debut on July 1, tourists have been flocking to the dispensaries for a chance to sample the newly regulated green herbs. With a renewed influx of canna-tourists, what does this mean for visitors hoping to enjoy the spoils of the green rush without risking any pesky legal entanglements?

Luckily, Nevada’s regulatory system has made it fairly straightforward for out-of-towners to visit dispensaries and legally purchase up to an ounce of fine, Nevada-grown cannabis, but one lingering conundrum remains: where do you smoke it?

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We reached out to Carlos Blumberg, an attorney with De Castroverde Law Group in Las Vegas, along with his business partner, Jo Ann Abajian, who are both founding members of the Nevada Dispensary Association and co-owners of the Apothecarium dispensary.

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A major concern that has arisen in the recent legalization happening in Sin City is the lack of a proper place to consume cannabis as a tourist.

“It’s only legal if it’s in your own home,” Blumberg explains. It is illegal to consume cannabis in public, and a “public place” is defined as any place open to the public or exposed to public view.

“If your only crime is you’re at the park smoking a joint, they would probably just ask you to put it out rather than charging you with anything.”

Carlos Blumberg, attorney with De Castroverde Law Group in Las Vegas, NV

As for hotel rooms and Airbnbs, they’re technically considered private property, and thus, management may autonomously make the decision as to whether they allow cannabis consumption onsite. Tourists may have more luck with a private cannabis-friendly Airbnb or a Bud & Breakfast in the area, which specifically caters to cannabis tourists.

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Consuming cannabis in a public place, whether it’s a park or walking down the Vegas strip, can earn you a $600 ticket, although Blumberg has not seen a rise in the ticketing of tourists since the state went legal.

“To be honest, there’s been somewhat of a policy even before it went to medical use. My understanding was that [law enforcement’s] time was better spent citing people for other things,” he says. “If your only crime, so to say, is you’re at the park and you’re smoking a joint, they would probably just ask you to put it out rather than charging you with anything.”

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What Could Change Moving Forward?

Looking forward to the future, Blumberg anticipates the law may change in regards to public consumption. “Will that change? Maybe in the future,” he ponders. “I could see them setting up something like a hookah lounge around the gaming corridor. It’s the next step, logically.”

“After having watched a couple of other states make some mistakes, Nevada is learning from those mistakes.”

Jo Ann Abajian, co-founding member of the Nevada Dispensary Association

The attitude towards cannabis in the state has been steadily progressing in the past years since medical marijuana was first signed into law in 2001. “Nevada has shifted the view from being completely negative about cannabis to being positive,” Blumberg tells us. “Everybody is fighting for that tax revenue! It’s a whole new industry saying, ‘Tax us! Tax us!’”

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Apothecarium co-founder Jo Ann Abaijian acknowledges that Nevada’s implementation process has been slow and steady, but with good reason. “After having watched a couple of other states make some mistakes, Nevada is learning from those mistakes,” she explains. “The regulators have been saying, ‘wait, wait, wait,’ instead of moving forward and having to go back and fix things later.”

“It’s important to note that Nevada and the legislators here, we try to get it right,” Blumberg continues. “We’ve seen Washington and Colorado go legal, and we’re not Xeroxing anyone’s laws. We’ve seen what’s worked and what hasn’t and we’re trying to make it better.”

Unfortunately, one of the major obstacles standing in the way of legalization comes from an unlikely place: Nevada’s gaming laws. The Nevada Gaming Control Board has already placed incredibly restrictive regulations on casinos and gaming licensees, and owners are wary to introduce a new substance into the mix.

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“The gaming regulators don’t want to be involved in the marijuana industry for a lot of different reasons,” Blumberg says. “There’s no banking, [and] they don’t want to have the temptation [only to] then lose their gaming license.”

Although initially there were talks of combining casino play with cannabis consumption, after much deliberation, the Gaming Commission Chairman Tony Alamo shot down the idea. “On one hand you have the gaming industry and on the other hand you have the marijuana industry … The two shall not meet,” he promised.

Until further notice, the report issued from the Gaming Commission stated that their priority “is the prohibition of delivery and consumption of marijuana within the Las Vegas Boulevard Gaming Corridor, H1 Zones, and on the premises of any restricted or non-restricted gaming licensee to comply with the Nevada Gaming Commission and Board’s prohibition of any consumption and possession of marijuana on gaming properties.”

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Instead, the likelihood of a separate, alternative area away from the bright lights of the Strip but still accessible to tourists is a more likely possibility. Similar to a hookah lounge or a cannabis social club, it may take years before regulators approach and address the issue, but with canna-tourism on the rise, it’s an issue that will need to be addressed eventually.

Despite the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s regulations, however, the future of legal cannabis in Sin City looks promising and bright. “Come to Las Vegas!” Blumberg exclaims. “It’s legal, it’s tested, and you know exactly what you’re getting. Everybody in town has their own variety and strains. Much like alcohol, some people want a Corona, some people want a Heineken. We check for reviews and find out what people like.”


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Former Raider Now Selling Cannabis in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The display case just inside the front door is filled with the kind of stuff you would find at any sports memorabilia store. Frank Hawkins used to run interference for Marcus Allen back in the day, and there are plenty of signed footballs and pictures of No. 27 in silver and black.

There’s a picture of Hawkins with a former governor of Nevada, and a drawing of the late Raiders owner Al Davis with signatures from players on it. Next to them is a team photo from 1983, and a championship banner with the result of that season’s Super Bowl: Raiders 38, Redskins 9.

A few feet to the left is what is called the “smell room,” one of many signs that this is no memorabilia shop.

Everyone who enters is greeted by a smiling man with a question:

Medical or recreational?

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Hawkins didn’t set out to be in the marijuana business in the town where he grew up and later became a city councilman. He resisted it at first, mostly because he says he doesn’t smoke the stuff.

Now he sits in a back office at Nevada Wellness Center just a few blocks from the glittering Las Vegas Strip, amid strains of cannabis with names like Devil’s Lettuce, Silver Back Gorilla and Black Afghan.

It’s all legal in a city where almost everything goes. But Hawkins — who opened the first medical marijuana dispensary in town — says it hasn’t been easy.

“We started out losing $50,000 a month,” Hawkins said. “We suffered for a long time.”

That changed on July 1 when Nevada became the fifth state to legalize recreational marijuana. Marijuana shops, which had been competing for a few thousand customers who had medical marijuana cards, could now sell to anyone — including tourists — over the age of 21.

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That meant long lines on opening night at the shop Hawkins owns with two partners. It also meant a lot of cash in an industry where, as the sign in the lobby tells customers, business is all conducted in cash.

Things were slower on a recent summer afternoon, when only a few customers came in and headed to the smell room to get a whiff of what they might buy.

“Back when I was growing up marijuana was a bad word,” Hawkins says. “Now it’s a household name.”

And Hawkins thinks it can be beneficial to football retirees and current players as an alternative to opioid painkillers.

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Though undersized at 5-foot-9 and 210 pounds, Hawkins ran for 5,333 yards in four years at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The Oakland Raiders drafted him in the 10th round in 1981. He stuck with the team and showed some promise, but the next year the Raiders were salivating over the chance to get the Heisman winner.

“The running backs coach said, ‘You guys ever hear of a guy named Marcus Allen?” Hawkins recalled.

Hawkins became, “a battering ram.” For the next six years, he led the way for Allen. He got some carries of his own, though, and scored two second quarter touchdowns in the AFC Championship game to break open a close game to put the then Los Angeles Raiders in the Super Bowl.

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The Raiders would meet the Washington Redskins in Tampa Bay for the championship. They had Jim Plunkett and Allen in the backfield, but most importantly they had an attitude.

“We knew we were going to beat the snot out of them,” Hawkins recalled. “I told everybody at home, bet all you got because there’s no way in the world the Redskins can win.”

The Raiders wore black, and were so dominant the game would become known as “Black Sunday.” Allen ran wild behind Hawkins for 191 yards.

Hawkins ran three times for six yards and caught two passes for 20 more. He won a Super Bowl ring he only brings out on special occasions.

“I don’t want to lose it,” the 58-year-old said. “Somebody might say it was because of CTE.”

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The Raiders of past gathered in July in wine country in Northern California, where the team trains. There were 110 former players and the talk was about old times and the resurgence of the team under Mark Davis, son of the late owner Al Davis.

There was also talk about various ailments, and the possibility some former players might have CTE or other brain damage.

Among those in attendance was Plunkett, who the next week would create a stir by telling the San Jose Mercury News that his body was broken down by all the hits he took with the Raiders and that at the age of 69, “My life sucks.”

“He looked good, but a little bit off balance and he lost some weight,” Hawkins said. “He did mention the fact he was in pain.”

So were many of the players at the reunion, one reason they were quite interested in the business Hawkins is in.

“Most of them wanted to know how they could get involved or get one in their city or state,” he said. “I told them any state you’re in I’d be more than happy to come and invest my time and money and get another store opened in their communities.”

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Marijuana is still a punishable offense in the NFL, and players are subject to suspensions with a second positive test.

Pain pills, on the other hand, are readily available for almost any kind of injury. With the nation immersed in an opioid crisis, a 2011 study showed retired players misuse opioid pain medications at a rate four times that of the general population.

“You got a headache, they give you a pill,” Hawkins said. “You got shoulder pain, they give you pain pills. Whatever your problems are they gave you pills.”

Marijuana, a growing body of research indicates, can reduce pain more effectively than opioids and may be beneficial for concussions. It’s done not with the mind altering Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the drug, but the cannabis compound Cannabidiol, or CBD.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was for years a hardliner on the use of cannabis but said last month he has reached out to the player’s union and is willing to fund a study to see if there are benefits.

Hawkins said he doesn’t need a study to be convinced. After a recent hip replacement surgery he had blood clots in his legs that his doctor was treating for six months with blood thinners.

A woman at his shop suggested he try capsules containing CBD that dissolve in water. After taking them for a few weeks, Hawkins said a body scan showed the blood clots had disappeared.

Hawkins estimated 20 percent of current players — some of whom have come into his shop — are using some form of cannabis to relieve pain and inflammation.

“The beautiful thing about the marijuana plant is they don’t have to smoke it to get in the system and they don’t have to get high,” he said. “They can use the CBD part of the plant and not the THC part of the plant. It can be put in soaps, eaten, in mints, you name it.”

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Hawkins considers himself relatively healthy, thogh he’s quick to show off scars, including one from a tendon that separated in a 1987 game, eventually leading to his retirement.

He still loves football, though if he had a son he wouldn’t let him play. He’s not so enamored with the NFL, which he believes knew long ago the effects of hits to the head but did nothing about it.

“I understand the NFL from a business perspective,” he said. “I don’t like it from a personal perspective.”

Hawkins also understands people may view him differently because he sells marijuana. He says he’s OK with recreational use, though it’s the medical side he’s most excited about.

“Folks who have PTSD to trauma to football injury or have cancer it works on all of them,” he said. “And it’s certainly better than the opioids they give players.”


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Panel Bans Cannabis Possession, Ads at Las Vegas Airport

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Recreational marijuana may be legal in Nevada, but add McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas to the list of places including casinos where cannabis is still banned.

Violators could face a misdemeanor charge or civil fines.

Clark County commissioners have banned marijuana possession and advertising at the airport in a vote Tuesday that raised the possibility travelers leaving town with less than an ounce could get a ticket and have their marijuana confiscated.

If federal Transportation Security Administration screeners find cannabis at security stations, they can alert Las Vegas police, officials said. Violators could face a misdemeanor charge or civil fines.

The decision keeps airport rules consistent with Federal Aviation Administration rules that consider marijuana an illegal substance, officials said.

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Commissioner Jim Gibson called it a victory for common sense.

Director of Aviation Rosemary Vassiliadis was assigned to set the amounts for civil fines.

Possessing more than an ounce of marijuana is still a felony.

The nation’s eighth-busiest airport by passenger traffic boasts liquor stores amid coffee, gift and other retail shops lining pedestrian areas that see more than 47 million travelers annually.

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The new ordinance applies to fixed signs and electronic screen displays in the bustling baggage claim area at McCarran. It also applies to mobile billboards, which must obtain permits to operate on airport property.

Commissioners decided the ad ban won’t apply to the advertising vinyl-wrapped taxis and personal vehicles picking up or dropping off airport passengers.

Recreational marijuana use became legal in Nevada on Jan. 1, and retail sales of recreational cannabis began July 1. But the federal Drug Enforcement Administration classifies marijuana as an illegal Schedule 1 controlled substance.

The Nevada Gaming Commission recently made clear that marijuana won’t be allowed in Nevada casinos as long as it remains illegal at a federal level.


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10 Best Things to Do in Las Vegas While You’re High

Vegas sucks. You know it; I know it; everyone knows it. Vegas is a booze-soaked money grab that if you’ve done once, you’ve done a million times. Yet every time the season rolls around, we all find ourselves booking that room at The Cosmopolitan (best beds of all time) as if we expect it to be different this time around.

Spoiler alert: This time around it will be different. Because there’s legal weed to be had. Now that Nevada has legalized recreational cannabis use for adults 21 and up, switch your cocktails for cannabinoids and learn how to actually have fun in this city.

Step one: Hit a dispensary. There are many. I was able to check out two solid ones during my recent visit:

Step two: Find a place to consume. I’d strongly advise against smoking in your hotel room (unless you’re staying in one of these ones). Of course, public consumption remains illegal, so I’d also strongly advise against that too. However, I will say that there may or may not be a staircase behind Mandalay Bay that no one EVER walks by or through. I will also say that it may OR MAY NOT be the most perfect spot in all of Vegas to enjoy the flowers of your labor. But, you know, that’s only if it exists, which it may or may not.

Step three: Indulge in one of the following activities. In no particular order, we give you the best things to do as a high cannabis tourist in Las Vegas.

Eat at Nacho Daddy

If you do nothing else, make sure to eat at Nacho Daddy. My boy Sutton put me on game and it was the greatest decision I made that whole weekend. $15 won’t get you much in Vegas, but at Nacho Daddy it gets you a big-ass plate of filet mignon (cause I’m fancy like that) nachos that’ll have you feeling like maybe calories aren’t such a bad thing.

Wander Old Vegas and Fremont Street

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Up until this last trip, I’d never been to the famous “Old Vegas” that I’d heard so much about. Oh boy is it an experience. It’s the only place I’ve ever been where, within a 437-step distance, you can see a near-naked man dressed as a baby, followed by two white dudes with dreads battle rapping, followed by a bum dropping a deuce by the sunglasses kiosk like the world is his oyster. If you’re planning to a trip to Las Vegas, do yourself a favor, and take a trip downtown for the most Bruh, I’m Way Too High For This Shit experience that the city has to offer.

Walk the Vegas Strip

Obviously, right? If you touch Vegas and don’t wander aimlessly down the Strip (and then realize it’s actually a lot longer than it looks and now you’re so far from your hotel that you need to catch a Lyft back because your thighs are on fire), then did you really touch Vegas?

Get high and go on a walk down this street and you’ll find ample bright lights, photo opportunities, and enough street entertainment to keep you busy all night long. Plus there’s hella trash food for you to stop and grab, which is all my happiness requires.

Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace

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Speaking of food, eat at a buffet. Every hotel has one, but if you want the best one? Bacchanal Buffet in Caesars Palace is the answer, my pals.

The bad news is that it’ll cost you 50 whole entire dollars, but the good news is they have lobster eggs Benedict and mac and cheese AT THE SAME DAMN TIME. And chicken and waffles. And an entire dessert station. They have it all. Get high, hit BB, and don’t stop eating until you feel $50 of satisfaction in your stomach. I saw a guy take off his shoes and get comfortable because he was full, but hadn’t recouped his money in food yet. Be like that American hero.

Pool Party

Encore reigns supreme, but honestly, each pool party or beach club offers the same experience: overpriced drinks that never hit because the sun is killing your buzz, and pools of water that are probably half chlorine and half gonorrhea.

But hey, at least whatever DJ they booked is playing an excessive amount of UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ, right? RIGHT?! Wrong, but the reason these make the list is because they’re excellent for getting high and people-watching. Trust me.

Drais Nightclub

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This is the one club that I’ll absolutely swear by in Vegas. So many artists have residencies here that on any given night you might catch Trey Songz or somebody in concert for the lowest Vegas price possible ($40 for women, $70 for men). I saw Tory Lanez there, and he put on one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen. A friend of mine saw Jeezy there. Last time, I was supposed to go see T.I. but ended up getting too high and passing out. Shout out to Cadillac Purple.

See a Show

Vegas shows will hit you for a grip, but in all fairness, so will everything else. At least with these you get some kind of worthwhile return on investment, in the form of a live performance and new experience.

I’ve only seen the Jabbawockeez and the Blue Man Group, but I can promise you that both of these shows are worth the high, ESPECIALLY the Blue Man Group. They don’t talk, they just make noise and do physical humor. Perfect stoner activity.

Go Skydiving

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Ever gotten super-stoned, then dropped out of a plane with another man strapped to your back? I have. It’s fun as hell too. Vegas offers multiple skydiving spots on the Strip, but the real deal is Skydive Las Vegas, which is about 20–30 minutes from the Strip. According to the company, they’ll take you higher than any other skydiving spot out there … and getting higher is what we’re all about.

Bellagio Water Show

The Fountains of Bellagio are pretty cool to see, especially at night. It’s the perfect thing to settle in and stare at indefinitely after you hit a pre-roll or vape pen. It’s also one of the only things in Vegas that’ll leave you like, “Wow, fam, that was mad beautiful and touching.” Mainly because you’ll be so high that everything gets you in your feelings.

Gamble and Ruin Your Life

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It’s a monster that you run and run and run from, but eventually it’ll catch you. And once it does, say goodbye to any budget you thought you had. It’s so easy to be walking through a casino lobby and accidentally end up in front of the War table with a stack of $5 chips and a mind full of, “Someone has to win; why not me?” It’s even easier to walk away from that table six minutes later with 200 less dollars than you had. Being high won’t ease the pain of losing money on some dumb shit, but it WILL make it a lot easier for you to say, “Fuck it. At least those nachos were fire.”


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Nevada Rejects Alcohol Distributors’ Cannabis Appeal

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s marijuana regulators have rejected an appeal by a group of alcohol distributors who wanted to block the state from licensing cannabis businesses to transport marijuana from growers to retail stores.

The state Tax Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to uphold the Tax Department’s earlier decision to expand the licensing to those other than liquor distributors because they have been unable to keep up with demand.

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The distribution turf battle has been tied up in district court and administrative appeals since legal recreational sales began July 1.

Kevin Benson a lawyer for the Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada says they haven’t decided whether to file another lawsuit challenging the state’s position.

Tax Department spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein says it’s not clear how soon the new distribution licenses could be issued.


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Time to Leave Las Vegas, Gaming Commish Tells Cannabis Trade Shows

Nevada gaming officials have long forbidden marijuana use in casinos. But an advisory floated last week threatens to wipe out the cannabis industry’s biggest convention in Las Vegas, as well as a number of smaller seminars and trade shows.

The Gaming Commission strongly ‘discouraged’ casinos from hosting shows or conferences that promote cannabis.

Though no official vote was taken nor policy established, the five-member Nevada Gaming Commission during its monthly meeting Aug. 24 unanimously agreed that casino licensees should be “discouraged” from hosting cannabis-related trade shows or conferences in casino convention spaces and ballrooms.

“The marijuana industry and the gaming industries are two different industries and the two will not meet,” said commission chairman Tony Alamo. Alamo cited marijuana’s classification as a Schedule 1 controlled substance under federal law. “If licensees take that and move backwards from there I think they’re going to find themselves in the right place.”

The idea of pushing cannabis conventions out of Nevada casinos could threaten the annual MJ Biz Conference, the industry’s largest trade show. The even has been held in Las Vegas since 2012. Last year’s edition, held at the Rio All Suite Casino and Hotel, drew upwards of 10,000 attendees. This year’s show is expected to welcome more than  14,000 this year at the Las Vegas Convention Center, according to event organizers.

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MJ Business Daily CEO Cassandra Farrington said her company wasn’t given a heads-up by the commission that the “strong stance” would take place Thursday.

‘There is no activated product’ at the MJ Biz show. ‘We’re a business-to-business trade show, like World of Concrete.’

Cassandra Farrington, CEO of MJ Business Daily

But Farrington, whose Denver-based organization hosts the annual show in Las Vegas, argued that the MJ Biz Conference would still fall into compliance with federal law and gaming venues because vendors do not sell consumable marijuana products.

“We are a business-to-business trade show like World of Concrete or many other conventions that come through Las Vegas,” Farrington said. “The people who exhibit at our shows are grow light manufacturers, seed-to-sale software producers, packaging experts, lawyers and accountants. There is no activated product for sale on the show floor at all.”

The MJ Biz Conference isn’t the only Las Vegas cannabis convention threatened by Thursday’s gaming commission meeting. There’s a cannabis conference, seminar, or expo practically every month, and many are held in casino resorts. There’s a Cannabis Career Fair in September, a Cannabis Nurses Network conference in October, and a cannabis processing facility design seminar in November. Pharmacology University is sponsoring a two-day medical cannabis seminar at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in October.

Dante Picazo, CEO of Dallas-based Pharmacology, said a focus on medical marijuana education will be key to ensuring the group’s success. Like Farrington, Picazo said he’s confident the convention will comply with federal regulations, because his estimated 1,500 attendees will be encouraged not to smoke or ingest the plant during the show.

“This conference is completely medical and completely about education,” Picazo said.

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Adding Drama to Nevada’s Big Summer

Thursday’s revelation continued a turbulent summer in for cannabis-casino regulations surrounding the launch of recreational marijuana sales in Nevada on July 1.

On June 7, Wynn Las Vegas removed CEO Isaac Dietrich of Denver-based social media platform MassRoots from the casino as Dietrich attempted to sign up for the casino giant’s Wynn Resorts’ Red Card program, allegedly due to his involvement in the marijuana industry.

Almost one month later, on July 3, organizers from Los Angeles-based MJIC Capital said the World of Cannabis Convention, which brought over 2,000 investors and industry professionals to the Palms last November, would not be returning to Las Vegas this year.

Alamo reiterated Monday that commission suggestions regarding casinos and marijuana industry business relationships were not official regulations, but rather items to be taken on a “situation by situation” basis at the discretion of individual gaming venues. As long as gaming operators comply with federal law, they’ve “accomplished what they need to do,” he said.

“We’re not here to micromanage the gaming business,” Alamo said. “At the end of the day, whatever they do, they have to set out to not allow the breaking of federal law within their sidewalks.”

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Going to Burning Man? Stock Up in Reno First

This weekend marks the opening of the first Burning Man in Nevada’s newly legal recreational cannabis era. But as it’s been since the Burning Man gathering moved to the Black Rock Desert in 1990 after four formative years on San Francisco’s Baker Beach, it’s against the law to consume cannabis or possess drug paraphernalia on the federally regulated Playa in the Black Rock Desert.

Stop in for a Burner Box at Blüm, eat at The Eddy, crash at the Grand Sierra.

Of course, all manner of drugs—botanical, pharmaceutical and experimental—are openly consumed by thousands of people during the 8-day festival, to say nothing of the flaunting of state laws against indecent exposure, lewdness and obscenity. We just need to note the legal technicalities here.

With that in mind, if you’re Burning this weekend you’re probably going through Reno, which is about 125 miles south of the gathering. Allow me to introduce you to the cannabis side of town.

Cannabis Retailers: Begin your Reno-Tahoe cannabis trip a short walk away from Reno’s “Biggest Little City” sign at Mynt, downtown Reno’s only cannabis store and creator/purveyor of Kynd, the locally produced, widely available line of flowers, edibles and concentrates. Blüm, one of Nevada’s emerging multi-store retailers, has a location in midtown, and Sierra Wellness Connection is your best option if you’re staying at the Grand Sierra Resort, east of downtown. Silver State Relief, east of downtown in Sparks, offers delivery and discounts for seniors and veterans. Kanna, north of the city in Sun Valley, runs an edibles special (20% off) every Monday.  Reef, one of the best-known shops in Las Vegas, has two outposts here; one is north of the city in Sun Valley, another is just off McCarran Avenue in Sparks.

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Try a “Burner Box”: One of my favorite new product is available starting Friday, Aug. 25: Burner Boxes, a collaboration between Blüm and Vegas Weekend Box, a Sin City startup that curates and markets Nevada’s best-selling cannabis products packaged in consumer-friendly style for tourists. At $299, Burner Boxes aren’t cheap but they are loaded with cannabis oil, edibles, bud and joints from leading Nevada producers, along with a state-of-the-art portable vaporizer and a high-end mini-torch that’ll withstand desert windstorms.

In the Burner Box: Kynd salted caramels.

Each Box includes a 500-mg Cannavative vape cartridge filled with limited-edition “Burner Blend” cannabis oil touted as stimulating euphoria equal to sunrise over the Playa; a four-pack of Kynd salted caramels hand-crafted by Reno’s top confectioner; Simply Pure’s Highly Edible gummy pucks; an eighth of Cannabiotix Strawberry Cough sativa flower, a 2016 High Times Cannabis Cup winner; two Tahoe Hydro terpene-enriched pre-rolls; a powerful high-end Colibri butane lighter; a VaporSlide vaporizer with a long-lasting battery; and a Burner-ized custom pack of KushKards, the Hallmark of stoner greeting cards featuring a handy match attached to each message, perfect for  sparking up joints and striking up conversations.

Pro tip: Bring your medical cannabis authorization from any legal medical cannabis state to avoid paying Nevada’s 10 percent excise tax.

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Where to eat? Try The Eddy, an open-air constellation of shipping containers in downtown Reno that features three bars, food trailers, plenty of patio space and games like cornhole and bocce ball. It’s located on the Truckee River but feels like it’s plucked from the Playa.

Burner Hotel-Spa Deals: Grand Sierra Resort and many other hotels offer pre- and apres-Burn room specials. The corporation that owns Eldorado Resort Casino, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, and Circus Circus Hotel Casino in Reno and the Montbleu Resort Casino and Spa hosts in Lake Tahoe hosts an epic three-day, three-night Burning Man detox starting Sept. 4.

Burner Hostel: Blüm’s down the street from two major resorts — Atlantis and Peppermill — but for a taste of the Playa and its people, book a room at The Morris Burner Hostel, an artful Burning Man-themed 31-room lodge in downtown Reno. As is the case with Nevada hotels, you can’t smoke at Morris Burner Hostel. Enjoy edibles discretely.

Reno ahoy: Gateway to the Black Rock Desert. (Meinzahn/iStock)

Burner Art Park: With the Circus Circus’ clown as a backdrop, Burning Man art pieces fill a previously vacant lot in downtown Reno. Reno Playa Art Park features a self-guided audio tour via cellphone.

Burner Style: As of posting time, four-fifths of Gypsy Getaway Wagons’ fleet was already reserved by Burning Man-bound campers. But if you can snag the remaining tricked-out wagon, you can tow it or have it delivered to a private campground, where you can sequester inside the unit, hand-crafted by a Burning Man artist to resemble a gypsy wagon, for private smoke seshes.

More Eating and Drinking: Consider local options beyond the air-conditioned confines of casinos. Shopping for cannabis at Blum in Reno’s hip Midtown district? Stop by Brasserie Saint James, winner of the Great American Beer Festival’s 2014 Mid-Size Brewpub and Mid-Size Brewpub Brewer of the Year and the inspiration for the offshoot San Francisco brewpub. The menu features Belgian- and German-style beer and beer-friendly food like steak tartare, braised short ribs and oxtails and fried chicken and waffles. Walk three blocks and you’ll reach SixFour Growlers, a barebones taproom where you can get take-out growlers filled with 30 local and regional beers. For higher style and abstract art, Loulu’s serves a sophisticated New American menu.

In downtown Reno, a meal at the Nevada Museum of Art is a must. Tucked inside the museum, Chez Louie serves French-inspired fare — pate, terrines, bouillabaisse, crepes, tartines — for lunch and dinner and fortifies Sunday brunch with a Bloody Mary bar and live jazz. After brunch, enjoy a free guided tour of the museum, an arty gem that boasts rare accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums.

For Fun: For amusement, you could lose yourself in immersive video-game-style slot machines. For non-casino shiny-object fun, check out the classic collection at the National Automobile Museum. Or test your deductive skills and claustrophobic tolerance by locking yourself behind a door and playing an escape game at Puzzle Room.


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Nevada Gaming Commission to Discuss Cannabis and Casinos

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Gaming Commission hopes to address the problems the state’s legalization of recreational marijuana present during an upcoming special meeting.

The Las Vegas Sun reports the commission will meet Thursday to discuss ways to not allow the state’s gaming companies to be associated with something that is technically illegal.

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Though the state has legalized recreational cannabis, using and selling marijuana is still a violation of federal law.

State gaming laws and regulations specifically prohibit behavior by gaming licensees that would discredit the industry. Nevada’s gaming regulators say violating a federal law could do exactly that.

Members of the commission also worry the federal government may take a stronger interest in Nevada’s gaming industry if the state appears unconcerned about cannabis use.


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