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Las Vegas Cannabis Consumption Lounges Could Be a Reality

Las Vegas cannabis consumption lounges to give both tourists and locals legal spaces to consume cannabis. And they could be a reality by 2020.

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In a seemingly perfect union, Nevada embraced the legalization of cannabis well over a year ago and since, hundreds of thousands of tourists have descended upon Las Vegas to get their hands on a bevy of weed products. The market has been flooded, with dispensary after dispensary reporting high revenues even as the liquor lobby in all its fury set out to frustrate legalization efforts. Still, legislators and cannabis advocates were victorious in fiercely protecting the new measure and promptly promoted cannabis to incentivize tourists.

However, tourists wanting to get in on the action were immediately faced with a dilemma, as gaming establishments banned the use of cannabis at their properties. The state also banned public consumption of cannabis products, ensuring that the only way to legally consume would be on private property. Tourists would now be flocking to Nevada to buy a legal product which could not be legally consumed in any area where tourists tend to stay.

Pushing for Las Vegas Cannabis Consumption Lounges

To address this conundrum, cannabis advocates began raising the idea of Las Vegas cannabis consumption lounges to give both tourists and locals legal spaces to consume cannabis. State Senator, Clark County Commissioner-elect and staunch legalization advocate, Tick Segerblom (D) recently told the press he seeks to draft an ordinance that would get cannabis consumption lounges up and running by 2019.

“The goal is to get these pot lounges up and running, get weed out of our casinos and hotels, and get it off the streets,” says Segerblom. To be fair, police don’t appear to be overly strict in enforcing public consumption laws, however, law-abiding tourists must still feel the sting of potential penalties.

Segerblom recently took the matter to San Francisco to gain some insight into the city’s success with such lounges. San Francisco has taken a progressive approach teetering between local allowance and decriminalization of cannabis that keeps prohibition of such lounges away.

“More than ever, I just really want to get this thing going,” said Segerblom. “When it comes to Vegas, our experience is going to be, from my perspective, so much grander than what they’re talking about, that we just need to get it out there and learn.”

But, There’s a Catch

Yet, Nevada’s state authorities, coupled with the strongholds that gaming and the state’s liquor lobby has on its economy, it’s unlikely that even as a seemingly liberal city, Las Vegas Cannabis Consumption Lounges won’t be approached in the same way as San Francisco. Current regulations strictly ban cannabis lounges until 2020, and even the advertising and holding of cannabis-related events at private residences was banned in 2017.

Segerblom’s recent efforts to introduce a bill that would give local government the authority to regulate cannabis lounges gained no traction in the legislature. However, Segerblom says he will continue the fight to implement cannabis lounges on a local level if not permitted on the state level quite yet.

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Stuff & Puff Berner’s New Cali Pre-Roll

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Cannabis mogul Berber is about to drop the latest must-have pre-roll paper from his premium rolling paper brand, Vibes. A new alternative to the traditional cone, The Cali is a cylindrical pre-roll tube that’s been designed for optimum airflow for the optimal smoking experience.

In a press release, the Bay Area rapper says that he’s been rolling for over 20 years, and that over that time, he was constantly told by friends that they would smoke joints over blunts if they could roll them. So he and Vibes co-founders Greenlane developed this innovative alternative.

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“As passionate smokers, and connoisseurs, we are gonna continue to focus on quality papers and products that consumers are missing, such as The Cali,” said Berner in a press release.

“All you have to do is stuff and puff with The Cali.”

The Cali is dedicated to those of us who like a big-smoke experience. We found the papers to burn very evenly and smoothly. They are also easy to extinguish and relight,  and even burn evenly in areas where I packed too tightly or too loose (deliberately, before y’all start commenting). 

Plus, The Cali pre-rolls are massive, so make sure you have plenty of herb on hand for your next session to fully enjoy the experience either with your homies or when you’re chilling alone.

The Cali Collection | PHOTO: Vibes

The Cali is offered in three sizes — one, two, and three gram — across all four signature Vibes paper collections: Ultra Thin, Rice, Hemp, and Organic Hemp

Look for Vibes papers at your local retailer nationwide.

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Psychonauts Celebrate Magic Mushroom Day

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Magic Mushrooms Day

September 20 is Magic Mushroom Day. Similarly to stoners celebrating 4/20 and 7/10, and LSD enthusiasts celebrating 4/19, entheogenic communities around the world celebrate the psychedelic renaissance on 9/20.

The concept was coined in 2015 when Nicholas Reville, a mushroom advocate from Providence, Rhode Island, declared September 20 as an “educational day of action,” apparently citing the spirit of 4/20 as an opportunity to talk about psilocybin reform, regulations and, of course, rejoice in the magic of psychedelics.

“9/20 was chosen because it is at the beginning of autumn, when mushrooms are most plentiful; because it is close to the equinox, representing a change in direction; and because it echoes 4/20 and the successful movement for marijuana decriminalization and legalization,” said Reville in an interview with Rolling Stone.

Magic Mushrooms: The Next “Green” Wave?

Interest around the benefits and effects of psilocybin, the main active ingredient in magic mushrooms, has been steadily growing over the last number of years, with legalization closely following.

In May 2019, Denver became the first city to decriminalize psilocybin. Oakland soon followed with its own law in June that same year, decriminalizing plant and fungi psychedelics.

At the last election in 2020, Oregon became the first state to legalize psilocybin with Measure 109 for mental health treatment in supervised settings.

At the same time, the District of Columbia decriminalize the use of magic mushrooms and other psychedelic substances with the passage of Initiative 81.

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Peep the Pepsi x Dapper Dan Football Watching Capsule Collection

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Pepsi has partnered with Harlem-based designer and streetwear legend, Dapper Dan, to create The Pepsi x Dapper Dan Football Watching Capsule Collection.

As part of the Pepsi “Made for Football Watching” NFL campaign, the iconic collaboration brings the football fan apparel game to the next level with this limited-edition capsule collection created for fans to show up in style, no matter where they’re watching.

The Pepsi x Dapper Dan Football Watching Capsule Collection features fashion-forward football-watching pieces including a lounger, hoodie, bucket hat, and custom-patterned Pepsi can to ensure fans are fitted and geared up for every touchdown, sack and fumble.

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