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Published 2 days ago on July 2, 2018 By Rob Kachelriess
Buying legal weed in Las Vegas has suddenly become ridiculously easy after being frustratingly difficult for years—often in ways that are hard to explain. Nevada voters approved marijuana for legal medical use way back in 2000, but dispensaries to actually sell the stuff weren’t approved by the state legislature until 2013. So for more than a decade, the most feasible law-abiding way to light up was by growing your own plants. Dispensaries finally opened in 2015, and after voters gave recreational marijuana the thumbs up in 2016 it was just a matter of how to handle the floodgates.
Whether on the Strip, in Henderson or throughout the suburbs, a dispensary is now a short drive away. Customers just need to show a valid ID to prove they’re over 21. That includes those from out-of-state as well—linking yet another vice to the economic driver of tourism, which is really what Las Vegas is about in the first place.
Although Sin City allows open containers of alcohol in tourist areas like the Strip and Fremont Street, the same can’t be said for marijuana, which is expected to be consumed privately. Unfortunately, most hotels have a policy against smoking (pot or any other kind at this point) but are relatively lax in enforcing punishment against it. Be aware—room cleaning fees aren’t cheap.
Bright, clean, and neat with lots of white decor, Essence likes to think of itself as the “Apple Store” of the local pot economy. Depending on where you mark your boundaries, the flagship location is the only dispensary actually on the Strip — near the south end by the Stratosphere, SLS and other Las Vegas landmarks. Additional locations include Henderson and Spring Valley, making sure a good chunk of the valley is covered. The idea is to be a one-stop-shop with everything from popcorn, to lotion, to flower (including Cookie Face and Dayglow, among the most popular of the more than 50 strains).
The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Las Vegas
Essence, Multiple Locations
Reef, Off the Strip
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Acres, Industrial Corridor
ReLeaf, Off the Strip
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The+Source, West Valley
The Grove, East Valley
Pisos, East Valley
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BY LOS FELIZ LEDGER ON JUNE 29, 2018
LOS ANGELES — A judge Friday denied a petition challenging Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to reverse a state parole board’s recommendation of parole for former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, who was convicted of the 1969 murders of grocers Leno and Rosemary La Bianca at their Los Feliz home.
“While petitioner may someday be suitable for parole, when her commitment offense is no longer predictive of current dangerousness, it is not yet that day,” Superior Court Judge William C. Ryan wrote in a 16-page ruling, in which he called the crimes “among the most abominable committed in California in the second half of the 20th century.”
The judge wrote that he had concluded that there was “some evidence” to support the governor’s determination that petitioner poses an unreasonable risk of danger to society, and that all of petitioner’s due process rights were met and found that the petition challenging the governor’s reversal of parole “must be denied.”
Van Houten’s appellate attorney, Rich Pfeiffer, has vowed to continue to fight for Van Houten’s release. He said he plans to ask a panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal to intervene.
Van Houten, now 68, was convicted of murder and conspiracy for participating with fellow Manson family members Charles “Tex” Watson and Patricia Krenwinkel in the Aug. 9, 1969, killings of Leno La Bianca, 44, and his 38-year-old wife, who were each stabbed multiple times.
The former Monrovia High School cheerleader and homecoming princess did not participate in the Manson family’s killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others in a Benedict Canyon mansion the night before.
A state parole board panel had initially recommended parole for Van Houten in April 2016 after she had been denied parole 19 times between 1979 and 2013. But the governor subsequently reversed that decision, finding in July 2016 that “the evidence shows that she currently poses an unreasonable danger to society if released from prison.”
At a hearing in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom last summer, a woman who once lived at a ranch with Manson testified that Van Houten was “extremely docile” before the killings and that she believed Van Houten would have done anything the cult leader asked. Catherine Share’s testimony came during an Aug. 31 hearing to present mitigating evidence now allowed under state law because Van Houten was 19 at the time of the killings.
Last September, a parole board panel again recommended that Van Houten be granted parole. But the governor reversed the recommendation, finding in January that she “has not wholly accepted responsibility for her role in the violent and brutal deaths” of the La Biancas.
Manson — who died last November — and many of his other former followers have repeatedly been denied parole.
By Todd Prince / Las Vegas Review-Journal
May 8, 2018 – 3:30 pm
The Monte Carlo is officially no more.
The 3,000-room property on the Strip will be rebranded Park MGM on Wednesday.
MGM Resorts International is investing $550 million to upgrade and rebrand the 22-year old property as it seeks to attract higher-end customers. MGM is teaming up with Sydell Group, a developer and manager of boutique hotels, on the property overhaul.
The Park MGM sign was hoisted up the 32-story building in April. The hotel began sending emails to guests advertising the property as Park MGM since last month.
Though the name change is complete, the construction work is far from done.
The 292-room boutique NoMad Hotel Las Vegas within Park MGM will open later this year as will Eataly and Roy Choi’s restaurant.
This has been forwarded from THE AMERISTAR CASINO HOTEL in Black Hawk, Colorado
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2018
“To honor our brave military personnel, both active and retired, we offer a complimentary buffet the first Wednesday of every month. To redeem yours, simply present your Military ID at the buffet to enjoy a FREE MEAL on us.”
Thank you for your service!
Valid Wednesday, April 4 during Centennial Buffet hours of operation.
Limit ONE buffet per eligible patron on promotional day.
A SUPERMOON, BLUE MOON, AND LUNAR ECLIPSE ON JANUARY 31 6:25 PM Las Vegas Time
SUPER BLUE BLOOD MOON ECLIPSE
“Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse” is the description many Web sites are giving for the full Moon coming up. So, what does this mean? A Moon that’s super-big? One that’s blue? One that’s blood red? Maybe a combination of blue and red! A purple Supermoon?
A Supermoon occurs when the Moon is closest to Earth during its orbit, and theoretically larger than average.
A Blue Moon is the popular name for a second full Moon in the same calendar month.
A ”Blood Moon” refers to the Moon’s hue on the night of a total lunar eclipse; it normally turns a coppery red.
Put ‘em all together and that’s what you’ve got.
Actual astronomers smile and shake their heads at these catchy names. They really want more people to watch the sky, and having names for things helps with publicity.
Call it what you wish! Each celestial event is interesting in itself. When you put them together so they occur on the same night, it’s unique. Sometimes the celestial rhythms just sync up to make us wonder.
January 31 is also the grand finale of a trilogy of Supermoons that have been taking place since early December.
“Supermoon” is a new term. No one used it until a few years ago. Instead, the Moon’s closest approach to Earth—full or otherwise—was called a Perigean Moon. The problem is that even the very closest Moon does not look any larger than your average normal Full Moon. The size difference is too small for the naked eye to detect. But, okay, call it super.
A Moon at perigee can appear up to 14% bigger. January 31’s total lunar eclipse will occur 1.2 days after perigee so the Moon’s diameter will appear about 7% bigger than average. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.
The “Supermoon” term has not been used merely for the closest Moon of the year, but also for the second closest, and third closest, and so on. This one coming up on January 31 is, for example, the third of a trilogy and the second closest of 2018. It’s 358,816 km away, as compared with the January 1 Full Moon which was 356,565 km away.
People post telephoto pictures on social media, depicting enormous-looking Moons in the sky. So astronomers like myself are concerned that the public will look up, see nothing unusual, and just shrug. Read more…
“Blue Moon” has become a popular term for the second Full Moon in a month; the name arose because of a Depression-era mistake in an astronomy magazine. The term was never used by astronomers or the ancient Greeks, or Native Americans, or anybody else. Despite the name, the Moon won’t look blue at all. Indeed, the expression “once in a Blue Moon” doesn’t apply since it’s not that rare; the event occurs every 2-½ years.
That said, the Total Eclipse of a Blue Moon hasn’t occurred since March 31, 1866. That’s 152 years ago!
The National Western Stock Show is considered the Super Bowl of Livestock Shows as one of the World’s Largest Cattle Shows!
4655 Humboldt St.
Denver, CO 80216
Through January 21, 2018
Tickets for the 2018 National Western Stock Show go on-sale September 23, 2017!
About National Western
“The National Western Stock Show, established in 1906, is the premier livestock, rodeo, and horse show in the nation, serving agricultural producers and consumers throughout the world. A 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing education in agriculture, including college and graduate level scholarships in agriculture and veterinary medicine for practice in rural areas.”
“The National Western Stock Show, one of Colorado’s preeminent tourist destinations, held every January for 16 days. A nationally recognized western heritage and entertainment event, the stock show hosts one of the world’s richest regular season professional rodeos, one of the country’s largest horse shows and Colorado’s largest western trade show, attracting attendance numbers over 650,000 visitors each year.”
“Throughout this historic event, the National Western strives to strengthen American agriculture through enrichment programs and youth education in livestock, equestrian, farming, ranching, animal awareness and appreciation. We celebrate western lifestyles, our communities, provide life-long memories and family traditions.” Read more…
By Steve Bornfeld • Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 6, 2018 – 12:32 pm
There are texts. Then there’s this text.
“Hi it’s Cuddles the Showgirl. Can U help me? Meet me @ the Big Heart outside Container Park (707 Fremont St.) @ 11:45 a.m./tomorrow.| Don’t be late sweetie!!!” Whatever you say, honey-bunny.
With that Friday evening missive, we’re prepped for a Saturday morning excursion into oddness called “Alibi Las Vegas,” a weekly, kooky combo platter of downtown walking tour/interactive scavenger hunt/restaurant crawl/detective challenge/street-side improv/joie de vivre soiree. Which is to say: a Vegas show that wouldn’t be caught dead in a Vegas showroom. (Nor would Cuddles.) Rather than sit, applaud and gaze at a stage, this bonkers entertainment brew, concocted in 2014, plunges us into a surreal scenario in which we wind up ferrying ill-gotten booty for a shadowy no-goodnik through our colorful streets.
I did a similar experience in New York called ‘Accomplice,’ and I thought with all our rich history, we could have one customized to Vegas. The moment you arrive, it’s already started.
— “Alibi” creator Ivan Phillips Read more…
From The Farmer’s Almanac:
“The early Native Americans did not record time by using the months of the Julian or Gregorian calendar. Many tribes kept track of time by observing the seasons and lunar months, although there was much variability. For some tribes, the year contained 4 seasons and started at a certain season, such as spring or fall. Others counted 5 seasons to a year. Some tribes defined a year as 12 Moons, while others assigned it 13. Certain tribes that used the lunar calendar added an extra Moon every few years, to keep it in sync with the seasons.”
JANUARY FULL MOONS
January 2018 is a very special month:
“The month’s first full Moon, the Full Wolf Moon, rises on January 1. What a great way to start the year!
A second full Moon (a Blue Moon) rises on the 31st, and brings the year’s only eclipse for North America just before dawn. Its total phase can be seen from west of the Mississippi and in western Canada.
Both of January’s full Moons are Supermoons!”
“Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the Moon names, but in general, the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year. Here is the Farmers Almanac’s list of the full Moon names.”
“The Full Wolf Moon – January Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.”
“Each tribe that did name the full Moons (and/or lunar months) had its own naming preferences. Some would use 12 names for the year while others might use 5, 6, or 7; also, certain names might change the next year. A full Moon name used by one tribe might differ from one used by another tribe for the same time period, or be the same name but represent a different time period. The name itself was often a description relating to a particular activity/event that usually occurred during that time in their location.”
“Colonial Americans adopted some of the Native American full Moon names and applied them to their own calendar system (primarily Julian, and later, Gregorian). Since the Gregorian calendar is the system that many in North America use today, that is how we have presented the list of Moon names, as a frame of reference. The Native American names have been listed by the month in the Gregorian calendar to which they are most closely associated.”