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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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Network in Paradise at the CanEx Jamaica Business Conference & Expo

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According to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc, the global legal cannabis market is expected to reach USD 66.3 billion by the end of 2025. Helped in part by the increasing acceptance of cannabis to treat numerous medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, cancer, arthritis, and neurological disorders, along with the lucrative revenue created by legal cannabis sales, there has never been a more crucial time for entrepreneurs and businesses to network and expand their businesses on a global scale.

As one of the leaders in international business-to-business (B2B) events, the CanEx Jamaica Business Conference and Expo brings together top cannabis industry experts from around the globe including the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and the Caribbean.

Taking place September 26-28 at the Montego Bay Convention Center, in beautiful Montego Bay, the fourth annual CanEx Jamaica Business Conference & Expo features addresses, panel discussions and presentations on a variety of topics — from advocacy, cultivation, science and medicine to investment, banking and finance, and the business of cannabis including women entrepreneurship.

Over 70 world-class speakers and panelists will provide insights into the direction of the global cannabis industry to over 3,000 delegates.

Steve DeAngelo, founder of Harboride dispensary and the Last Prisoner Project, is speaking on two panels — “Post Decriminalization of Cannabis: Towards Restorative Justice” and “Strategic Approaches to Cannabis Investments” to how the investment landscape is evolving.

Bruce Linton, founder of Canopy Growth Corp, the first cannabis producing company in North America to be listed on a major stock exchange, will host a fireside chat with CanEx founder, Douglas K. Gordon.

Former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, will host “The Global Cannabis Movement” that will explore what globalization means in practical terms for the industry, where things stand presently and the future of the global market.

Cam Battley, Chief Corporate Officer of Aurora Cannabis Inc., will be speaking on the panel “CEO Roundtable: Roadmap to Sustainable Profitability for the Industry” to discuss the global challenges and opportunities facing the cannabis Industry.

Plus, over 200 exhibitors and sponsors, from cultivators to investment firms and media experts will provide attendees opportunities for networking, business expansion and identify new areas of growth within the legal industry.

Held for the first time in 2016, CanEx Jamaica is responsible for connecting cannabis experts, researchers, business professionals, creating new strategic partnerships in a truly memorable and vibrant setting.

For more information, visit canexjamaica.com.

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After 25 Years, Supreme Closes Iconic Lafayette Store

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In a move that has shocked through the streetwear community, Supreme has closed its original space on Lafayette after 25 years of business.

Back in February, the brand announced that its famous Lafayette location would be under renovation. Now, due to the unforeseen closure, the 190 Bowery location in Manhattan will now be the brand’s main location in the Big Apple.

 

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Off the Record, It’s National Expungement Week

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“Would you like to know an absolutely crazy fact? There are 77 million people in the United States who have a criminal record.” This crazy statistic that instantly grabs your attention is how Seth Rogen opens the PSA for National Expungement Week.

Rogen also asks, “What does ‘expungement’ mean?” ‘On the record’, expungement means, clearing or sealing the record of a person’s prior arrest, criminal charges or conviction.

That’s a possibility for some of the 77 million people with criminal records — a large amount being minor offenses — which make up nearly a quarter of the population of the United States. Having a criminal record seriously impedes the ability to live for millions of people. It restricts access to jobs, housing, education, and the right to vote.

National Expungement Week aka N.E.W. is the initiative of Cage-Free Repair (the non-profit section of Cage-Free Cannabis) Cannabis and Equity First Alliance.

Cage-Free Cannabis is rooted in three kinds of justice, from reparative, to economic and environmental. Equity First Alliance works to bring reparative justice to, and be a voice for, those who have been most harmed by the War on Drugs.

The initiative will see over 40 events held in 30 cities, which will host workshops, allowing people to meet with lawyers and experts who can help them clear records, from September 21-28.

Among other company’s and businesses, N.E.W. is supported by Houseplant, the cannabis company launched by Rogen and Evan Goldberg, in the hopes of exposing the social injustices associated with cannabis convictions.

With 18 events in 15 cities that helped nearly 300 people begin the process of changing their records, the inaugural National Expungement Week in 2018 was clearly a success and led to the initiative returning this year.

If you’re interested in clearing your record or helping someone else do the same, you can find further information — including the dates and details of specific events — on the official site of N.E.W.; offtherecord.us.

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