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Can I Smoke Weed in Vegas Clubs or Pool Parties?

People often get turned away from Las Vegas nightclubs, day clubs and pool parties for not following the proper dress code, but now there’s a new problem that’s turning even more people away. Nevada welcomed recreational marijuana in 2017, allowing any adult to purchase cannabis with valid identification. However, current laws only allow consumption in a private residence. So don’t even think about bringing cannabis of any form into a nightclub, day club or pool party. This includes not only joints and pipes, but also CBD/THC vapor pens and edibles. Violating the policy could end up with your stash being confiscated and/or thrown out — and nobody wants to see that.

This is a big problem for the tourist community since visitors aren’t often up to speed on the latest Nevada and Las Vegas laws. Keep in mind — virtually all the big nightclubs and day clubs are in resorts that have casinos. And those resorts don’t want to do anything to put their gaming licenses at risk. As long as cannabis is federally illegal, the resorts will enforce a zero-tolerance policy throughout their properties.  

New Orleans Mardi Gras 2018 Nightlife Party Guide

Mardi Gras 2018 invades New Orleans AKA “The Big Easy” over the next seven days, and the party doesn’t stop from now until next Wednesday.   There’s no doubt that N’awlins is more of a restaurant, dive bar, and live music venue city, with the lion’s share of the year-round party action centered around the infamous French Quarter and Bourbon Street.   And during the Mardi Gras Festival itself, daytime revelry will be spotted everywhere amidst the city streets of New Orleans: parades, colorful outfits, marching bands, dance trains, bead throwing, and public processions winding their way through the main arteries of the city from dawn ’til dusk… and then there’s little to no break before the freaks (and drunks) come out at night.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans means costumes and exposed flesh everywhere!

That being said, there are also a handful of vastly underrated nightclub options in the Crescent City – opulently decorated showrooms blasting laser-tinted smoke and pulsating music, where the world’s best hip-hop and electronic music artists stop in to perform as their national tour dates wind through the American South.  To be sure, New Orleans is and always will be an ultra-casual city – think shorts, flip-flops, and t-shirts with rude sayings on them – but sometimes you just want to dress up, be more fancy, sip adult cocktails, and bob your head to a beat… amirite or amirite?   Well, we’ve found found the best spots for you to do just that, and our app will make it easy to party hard in The Big Easy.  To celebrate our in-app launch of New Orleans, we give you our top picks for the best nightlife events for visitors and locals to celebrate Mardi Gras:

Friday, February 9, 2018

Fleur De Lit 2018 @ Republic NOLA

The Friday before Mardi Gras is considered early to party in New Orleans, as most of the locals are preparing parade floats and resting up for the days to come.  That being said, there are some events to whet the tourists’ appetites for partying on Fri-yays.    Winter Circle Productions & BASSIK Present Fleur De Lit 2018: Second Annual Mardi Gras Mayhem.  This is a two-day late-night electronic music festival at the revered New Orleans nightspot Republic, with the first night featuring San Jose, CA’s up-and-coming bass-heavy artist Getter.  Backup sounds by Klutch + Kidd Love.

Time: 11:30 PM – 3:00 AM

Venue: Republic (828 S Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130)

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Boombox Cartel @ Metropolitan 

Mardi Gras may a bucket list vacation for many Americans, but for this particular 9-to-5 workday you’ll be grinding hard and sweating buckets.   Metropolitan NOLA has cobbled together a high-energy eight-hour electronic set headlined by brand-name duo Boombox Cartel.  Mexican born Producer/DJ’s Americo Garcia and Jorge Medina have quickly risen in fame among the EDM circuit and are due for a breakout 2018 in the electronic space with their unique low-end, heavy genre-blending sound. Their tracks are played all over the world by the likes of RL Grime, Diplo, Skrillex, and DJ Snake, and they have recently received shout-outs from Mad Decent, Billboard, Noisey, ThisSongIsSick, Complex, and many more. Their global tour has included sold out performances in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Asia, including festival plays at Moonrise, Global Dance, Lollapalooza and EDC just to name a few.  Now Boombox Cartel brings the boom north of the border to the land of Southern Hospitality and one of our great nation’s best annual party atmospheres.

Time: 9:00 PM – 5:00 AM

Venue: Metropolitan (310 Andrew Higgins Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130)

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Bacchus Parade Afterparty w/ DJ Keith Scott @ Masquerade

The local organizations responsible for throwing the world-famous parades on each day of the Mardi Gras festival are called Krewes.  Each Mardi Gras Parade Krewe has a unique history and theme.   Some have been around for decades, while others have been in existence for just a few years.  The Krewe of Bacchus, a local group formed in 1968, holds its parade on the Sunday before Mardi Gras Day, drawing crowds of several hundred thousands every year. With more than 1,000 members and 31 animated super-floats, the Krewe of Bacchus is revered as one of the most spectacular krewes in Carnival history; their large signature floats, Rendezvous supper dance with Las Vegas-type entertainment, and national celebrity monarchs are just a few of the tradition-breaking moves that set the Krewe of Bacchus apart from he rest.  Bacchus, the Greek god of wine, has been portrayed in past Mardi Gras parades by fun-loving celebrities such as Bob Hope, William Shatner, Dick Clark, Andy Garcia, and Will Ferrell.  After their parade wraps up, the afterparty shifts over to Masquerade, the Vegas-style nightclub inside Harrah’s Casino, for a wild dance party featuring DJ Keith Scott, a mainstay on Louisiana hip-hop radio stations.

Time: 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Venue: Masquerade (8 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130)

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Steve Aoki & Grandtheft @ Metropolitan

The Lundi Gras celebration is a grand New Orleans tradition embedded into the fabric of both locals’ and tourists’ traditions of honoring carnival season.  Lundi Gras represents a series of events that take place the Monday before Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. It has experienced a 20th century revival in New Orleans and is a must see daytime event for Mardi Gras revelers.  In the late afternoon, the Riverwalk Marketplace will host the annual Lundi Gras at Spanish Plaza with the arrival on the banks of the Mississippi River of Rex, King of Carnival; this free celebration includes fireworks and live musical entertainment.  As day turns into night, the Big Easy fireworks continue over at Metropolitan where Rex, King of Carnival yields his dominion to Aoki, King of Electronic Dance.   Brace yourself for a tough ticket but an epic time if you can squeeze your way in.

Time: 9:00 PM – 5:00 AM

Venue: Metropolitan (310 Andrew Higgins Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130)

10th Annual Lundifest f/ Waka Flocka Flame @ Republic NOLA

Southern hip-hop star Waka Flocka Flame, with mega-hits like “No Hands” and “Hard In The Paint” under his belt, is sure to be one of the highest energy sets in the 10-year history of the Lundifest.  In New Orleans tradition, the night will start out with brass versions of hip-hop hits by New Orleans natives The Hot 8 Brass Band.  Come early and stay late, because Republic’s long-time resident, DJ G, will be spinning top 40s and hip-hop classics before, between, and after all the live sets.  Performances will start shortly after the parades pass downtown, so watch the Orpheus parade nearby and walk right on over for another epic Lundifest.

Time: 9:00 PM – 3:00 AM

Venue: Republic (828 S Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130)

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Mardi Gras Takeover @ Masquerade

For the past hot minute, Bernice Burgos has been making quite the name for herself.  The bartender turned “urban model” turned entrepreneur (3.7M Twitter followers!) has been turning up everywhere from your favorite artist’s music video to hip-hop morning radio stations to the gossip websites, thanks to her social media beef with Tiny Harris, wife of rapper T.I. and fellow reality TV star (4.5M Twitter followers!).  OK, OK, so reality TV may not be your cup of tea…. but rest assured, Ms. B’s presence as the marquee host for Masquerade’s Mardi Gras afterparty will explain why this venue inside Harrah’s Casino will be the “it” place of the night filled with famous/not-so-famous/wannabe-famous Instagram models, hip-hop celebrities, and known athletes such as the “Honey Badger” Tyrann Mathieu (a Lousiana State University legend) and local hero (and fantasy football god) Alvin Kamara of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints.  Pony up and bottle up… because if you can’t YOLO on Mardi Gras, you probably shouldn’t YOLO ever.

Time: 10:00 PM – 3:30 AM

Venue: Masquerade (8 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130)

More events and more venues for Mardi Gras 2018 in New Orleans can be found on the Discotech app.  Have a crazy but safe weekend, make sure to where lots of purple, green, & gold, always use the buddy system around town, and make sure to stock up on those beads!

Minneapolis Super Bowl 2018 Party Guide

The NFL season comes to a close this week with its championship game, Super Bowl 52 (or LII, when in Rome), which this year will depart from the norm of warm-weather locales to take place in a jewel of a stadium on the frozen tundra of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  This year’s contest pits the favorite New England Patriots – seeking back-to-back rings and their sixth title in franchise history – against the underdog Philadelphia Eagles, who are in the hunt for their franchise’s first-ever title.  The plucky Eagles earned their spot in big dance by beating the heavily favored Minnesota Vikings, who if they had beaten the Eagles would have been the first NFL team to play the Super Bowl in their own home stadium. (As ol’ Donnie Trump would say, SAD!)

Unlike the hometown Vikes, Discotech has indeed found its way to the Super Bowl Weekend bash in Minny.  To celebrate this week’s well-timed in-app launch of Minneapolis / St. Paul – our twenty-seventh metro market – we give you our top picks.  Not for the football game – who knows who will win??? – but rather the picks for the best Super Bowl postgame parties/events around the Twin Cities – sure to be star-studded and celebrity-filled – for visitors and locals to celebrate the Big Game:

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Big Game Weekend Kickoff Party f/ Cardi B @ Privé

One of the best things about the past NFL season was the decision to allow players to perform choreographed big play / scoring play celebration dances.  This made the football games much more fun for NFL fans and resulted in hundreds of hilarious, exuberant, joyful, and memorable moments like this.    Funny enough, in addition to being the year of the touchdown dance, 2017 was also the year of “I don’t gotta dance… I make money moves!”  This catchy-as-hell hook has been arguably the most repeated hip-hop lyric since the NFL season started, and it belonged to Grammy nominee and current hip-hop “It” girl Cardi B.   It’s no surprise that Ms. B – the most talked about female hip-hop artist since Nicki Minaj – is splashed all over the 2018 Super Bowl scene, headlining no less than five big weekend events.  Her march from the locker room to the 50-yard line for kickoff starts Thursday night at Privé, a hip-hop nightclub brand imported from New York, Miami, and Atlanta to capitalize upon the growing upscale urban scene in Minneapolis / St. Paul.

Time: 10:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: Privé (315 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401)

TAO Minneapolis Big Game Weekend Takeover Day One f/ Rick Ross & DJ Irie @ The Pourhouse

One of the strongest nightlife entertainment brands nationwide with properties in Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles, and most recently Chicago, the Tao Group now brings the ultimate nightlife experience to the Twin Cities for Super Bowl LII weekend.  CLM Presents and Empire Entertainment are packing the Pourhouse with the world’s favorite artists for four unforgettable nights.  Sponsored by Element Electronics, Dash Radio, Tequila Avion, Drake’s Organic Spirits, Mountain Dew Ice, and Bud Light, the Tao Takeover kicks off on Thursday night with a 6-hour set featuring DJ Scooter, DJ Serafin, DJ Irie, and “Tha Boss” aka “Ricky Rozay” aka “Miami’s Finest” aka Rick Ross.

Time: 10:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: The Pourhouse (10 S 5th St #11, Minneapolis, MN 55402)

Friday, February 2, 2018

Big Game Weekend Party f/ Gucci Mane & Young Thug @ Privé

The premier venue for hip-hop luminaries visiting Minneapolis-St. Paul, Privé features state of the art audio and visual technologies incorporated into a wall-sized video board with dozens of LCD TVs and an EAW™ Avalon Sound System.   The venue offers sophisticated design for sophisticated upscale event planning, making it a ideal venue for Super Bowl Weekend events.  Friday night, Atlanta is in the building as hip-hop heavy hitters Gucci Mane and Young Thug quarterback the football-themed festivities.

Time: 10:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: Privé (315 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401)

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Travis Scott @ Myth

Travis Scott’s music had already taken him to quite a few places, even before he was famous enough to be recognized in any of them.  He has lived on the east and west coasts of the U.S., as well as the “third coast” of his native Houston, Texas.  However, in 2017 he really came into his own, gaining worldwide acclaim after being promoted by one of his earliest fans, superstar Kanye West.  Fresh off the announcement of the moving of his Las Vegas residency from Hakkasan Group over to Tao Group, Travis now ascends to an even bigger stage than Sin City as the feature headliner for Super Bowl Weekend festivities.  PJAM Productions, Twin City Live, ECL Events & Notoriety invite fans to experience a wild night with Travis Scott, DJ Spade, DJ Reach, and other special guests at a locally revered Minnesota institution that has been newly renovated in time for the Super Bowl party crowds.

Time: 10:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: Myth (3090 Southlawn Dr, Minneapolis, MN 55109)

TAO Minneapolis Big Game Weekend Takeover Day Three f/ Afrojack, G-Eazy, & Nick Cannon @ The Exchange

The third day of the pre-Super Bowl festivities figures to be the most hectic and highest in-demand, as nearly all fans and revelers will have made it into town and are willing to brave the inclement winter temperatures to find the best parties.  Tao Group is saving their best for this signature night, with big performances by Afrojack, G-Eazy, and Nick Cannon across three separate venues at The Exchange MPLS complex.  G-Eazy will do a separate concert at the Lumber Exchange hall and then afterward join Afrojack at the Pourhouse; jack-of-all-trades Nick Cannon will be at the Exchange / Alibi Lounge venue on MC/singing/rapping/comedy/entertaining duties with support by legendary NYC DJ Mix Master Mike.

Time: 10:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: The Exchange (10 S 5th St #11, Minneapolis, MN 55402)

DJ Khaled @ Aqua

 As its name suggests, Aqua’s sleek seating, translucent second level balcony railings, and surreal blue-hued lighting combine to create the illusion of partying in an aquarium (getting tanked in a tank, get it?).  A popular bachelor/bachelorette party destination for the upscale twentysomething locals in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Aqua offers a host of amenities to make any celebratory occasion an evening to remember.  As such, it’s an ideal venue for one of the world’s biggest hip-hop moguls to throw an epic party on one of the world’s biggest sports weekends.  Khaled’s stage show at last year’s Coachella – aka the Super Bowl of music festivals – was a wild one full of energy and A-list cameos. We’re expecting his stage show at the actual Super Bowl – aka the Coachella of sports – to be even better.

Time: 10:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: Aqua (400 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401)

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Big Game Watch Party w/ Floyd Mayweather, 2Chainz, Lil Wayne, & Fabolous @ Privé

There’s only one athlete that knows more than Patriots quarterback Tom Brady about winning championships and defending titles: boxing legend Floyd Mayweather.  Money May defeated MMA mega-superstar Conor McGregor and retired last September with a perfect 50-0 record, and in his post-career days he’s launched a Vegas strip club and become a fixture on the hip-hop circuit as a party host for high-end events with black America’s A-List actors, musicians, and athletes.  Rubbing elbows and talking pigskin with the ever-talkative Mayweather and his TMT crew should be enough of a draw in itself, but with three legendary rappers also providing the postgame fireworks entertainment late into the chilly Minnesota morning, this event will surely be one of the toughest weekend party tickets to score anywhere on the frozen tundra.

Time: 10:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: Privé (315 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401)

Super LIV on Sunday @ The Pourhouse

Dave Grutman and crew’s infamous hip-hop playground – where fresh NBA champs go instead of Disney World, rap beefs get hashed out, and Lil Wayne and Drake show up on random weekends without advance notice – imports its own resident DJ Stevie J from sunny South Beach to the frozen north.  After the big game, expect to see quite few Eagles and Patriots players – and players from other NFL teams – in here either drowning their sorrows or celebrating the pinnacle of their careers, making this the big party weekend’s dessert with cherry on top.

Time: 10:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: The Pourhouse (10 S 5th St #11, Minneapolis, MN 55402)

More events and more venues for Super Bowl Weekend 2018 in Minneapolis-St.Paul can be found on the Discotech app.  Have a safe night out, please don’t drink and drive, and may your team be crowned the champ on Super Bowl Sunday!

洛杉矶夜店攻略-电音篇

电音可算是当今最受歡迎的音乐类型!EDC、Ultra、Escape等电音音乐节相信大家都不会陌生。洛杉矶虽然是个嘻哈城,但是电音在洛城里的影响力绝不比嘻哈逊色。来看看洛城最火的电音夜店吧!

Exchange LA (LA 市中心)

Exchange的前身是洛杉矶股票交易所。从2010年开业起一直是洛城里最好的电音夜店之一,世界排名更直逼40。四层高的Exchange可以容纳1500人、拥有6个酒吧和全城夜店里最多的洗手间。顶级的DJ包括Armin Van Buuren、Dash Berlin、Don Diablo等都曾在这里演出。每个周末排队进Exchange的人都会堵满整条街,所以记得尽早购票(留意Discotech独有的优惠代码)。

Exchange 订台 | Exchange 宾客名单| Exchange 门票 | Exchange 时间表

Academy (荷里活)

2017年12月31日 R3hab新年派对结束的一刻正式为Create的夜店生涯画上句号,取而代之的将会是Insomniac和Exchange联合创办的Academy。Academy的开幕秀会在1/12举行,由Krewella担当DJ。Benny Benassi、DVBBS、TNT等名DJ都会在接着的两星期在Academy打碟,千万别错过哦。不过现时Academy的网页和社交平台还没有透露太多改名后的变动,请大家拭目以待。

Academy 订台 | Academy 宾客名单| Academy 门票 | Academy 时间表

Avalon (荷里活)

Avalon在2003年由音乐厅成功转型成为夜店,自此可算是荷里活夜生活的地标之一。定期举行的18+/19+ 活动为Avalon带来了不小较年轻的面孔,是很多洛城大学生的首选。随着Avalon的客源不断增加,被请来演出的DJ也一个比一个出名。当区内大部分夜趴在凌晨2点已经结束的时候,Avalon这边还是播放着强劲音乐,一直开到3/4点。

Avalon 订台 | Avalon 宾客名单| Avalon 门票 | Avalon 时间表

Sound (荷里活)

Sound播放的主要是deep house/techno这一类地下音乐。这里的Funktion One音响系统绝对能让你感受到震撼,是一套世界各地很多夜店都引以为傲的利器。比起区内其他夜店,Sound算是比较小的一家,不过这样也代表里头的人们能亲密一点。如果跳舞跳饿了,大门旁边的小café有各式各样的小吃让您选择。Discotech长期提供免费的Sound宾客名单,要登记就赶紧下载我们的APP吧!

Sound 订台 | Sound 宾客名单| Sound 门票 | Sound 时间表

Le Jardin(荷里活)

对漆黑的环境和密密麻麻的人群感到厌烦?Le Jardin独一无二的开放式平台设计保证能让您耳目一新!由名设计师Gulla Jonsdottir操刀,把真正的花园、橄榄树带到Le Jardin,将其打造成一家气氛轻松、休闲的夜店。要注意的是这里并不是每天都播放电音,是根据当天的DJ而决定的,记得到我们的APP或网站看清楚啊!

Le Jardin 订台 | Le Jardin 宾客名单| Le Jardin 门票 | Le Jardin 时间表

 

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New York City Halloween 2017 Guide

Ah, Halloween – a legendary weekend of dark, twisted, debauchery in The Big Pumpk- ahem, Apple.  You’ve spent months browsing Amazon for – or DIY-ing – your costume, not to mention weeks planning your excuse to get out of work.   The Days of The Dead are now upon us, and it’s time to stuff all that big-city adulting nonsense into a Jack-O-Lantern for one night and join the freaks, ghouls, and goblins haunting the town.

Step 1: Insert knife and carve circle.  Step 2: Pull off top.  Step 3: Insert first-world problems.

Only one problem remains: where to drag your tired, decked-out, makeup-caked zombie corpse for some brains (and by brains I mean alcohol).  In true New York City fashion, you waited until the last second to decide, didn’t you????  Well, save your fears for the unknown (and undead!), because we’ve got the knowledge – and the plug – on this year’s hottest haunt spots in NYC.    Here we highlight the biggest monsters in the bunch.

Friday, October 27th

Bloody Friday Halloween @ Cielo

South Bronx native Les Carbonell kicks off Halloween weekend by getting scary on the turntables with a mixture of deep soulful beats, melodious vocals, and quality Techno.  There will be blood (again) in the Meatpacking District… mixed with plenty of sweat on the dance floor.

Time: 10:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: Cielo (18 Little West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014)

Saturday, October 28th

Nightmare on Ludlow @ The DL

This Halloween, bask in eerie thrills and party like there’s no tomorrow with the beautiful creatures of NYC at The DL’s Halloween bash. A live DJ will spin smoldering hits of Top 40, Hip Hop, House and Mash Ups as the naughty nurses and scary vampires wreak havoc on the dance floor. For the party fiends with even more sinful tastes, VIP Table and Bottle Packages will satiate your thirst for the VIP experience with amenities like expedited admission, full service in a private space, and bottle presentations. 

Time: 5:30 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: The DL (95 Delancy Street, New York, NY 10002)

SoldOut Saturdays Golden Goblin Edition @ Gilded Lily

One of the more unique and exclusive hotspots in the Meatpacking District, the Gilded Lily has become a favorite haunt for celebrities and NYC socialites.  On this night, the Lily will be transformed into a dark haunt for ghouls, ghosts, and the elusive Golden Goblin.  Costumes are a must, and don’t be surprised if you find a few famous faces behind those masks.

Time: 10:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: Gilded Lily (408 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011)

Nightmare on 14th Street @ Up & Down

Just like on a normal weeknight at U&D, it will be quite the nightmare to get into this exclusive party – tickets sold out in less than a week.  Your only way in will be to book a VIP table, dress like Freddy Krueger, or be a group of attractive females that look like Freddy’s next victims.

Time: 10:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: Up & Down (408 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011)

Sunday, October 29

Showtime Sundays Halloween Party @ LAVO

As if Sunday Funday wasn’t turnt up enough in The City That Never Sleeps, Sunday Scream Day will be rocking on a whole new level on the dark isle of Manhattan.   LAVO is the perennial “Place To Be Seen” on Sunday nights, with a healthy clientele mix of fashion models, Wall Street bros, and the “no school tomorrow” fashion students and grad school kids that aspire to be both.  Trick-or-treating isn’t cheap here – VIP tables are the only way in.

Time: 11:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: LAVO NY (39 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022)

Tuesday, October 31st

OAK Halloween Party @ 1OAK

Is there any greater “Fear Factor” than standing outside one of NYC’s most exclusive and best-branded clubs in the freezing cold, blood curdling, hoping that the bouncer will let you in?  Well, for one evening you can put your recurring nightmare on hold: the world-famous 1 OAK Nightclub, headlined by New York native Jus Ske, takes an angelic break from its usual devilish tight door policy/”VIP Tables Only” standard to allow costume-wearing revelers purchasing pre-sale tickets (limited supply $20/$30) past its hallowed doors and into its supernatural playground.   Paranormal activity, indeed!

Time: 11:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: 1 OAK NYC (453 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011)

More events and more venues for Halloween Week in NYC – including non-costume parties – can be found in our app at https://app.discotech.me/new-york/events.    Happy haunting!

Las Vegas Recreational Marijuana Guide

Las Vegas marijuana laws: Answers to questions on recreational weed in Nevada

So, where can I buy marijuana in Las Vegas legally? What are the Las Vegas marijuana laws?

Nevada is one of eight states allowing recreational marijuana use for adults 21 and over. Starting Sunday, adults could buy up to 1 ounce of marijuana flower or up to one-eighth of an ounce of marijuana concentrates — like shatter, wax and carbon dioxide oil — per visit to legal dispensaries.

The problem? While recreational marijuana now is legal, dispensaries selling the plant to nonmedical marijuana buyers won’t open until June, at the very earliest.

The 2017 Nevada Legislature will determine much of recreational marijuana’s future. State Sen. Tick Segerblom, who helped establish medical marijuana facilities in the 2013 session, hopes to have guidelines for recreational facilities passed into law by June.

“Most people think it’ll be legal to purchase on Sunday, but unfortunately that’s not the case,” Segerblom said.

Readers have contacted the Sun with many questions about recreational marijuana. Here are some answers:

Can I go to other states to buy marijuana and bring it back to Nevada?

It’s illegal to cross into the Nevada state line from another state with marijuana you bought from that state, Segerblom said. But once you’re in Nevada, police can’t ask where you purchased the marijuana, nor would you likely be challenged by police, given you don’t have more than the legal amount in your possession.

Can I bring marijuana on an airplane?

Marijuana is still illegal under federal law, just like cocaine, heroine and methamphetamines. But the Transportation Security Administration is not actively searching airline passengers for marijuana because the plant is “not a threat to aviation security,” TSA spokesman Nico Melendez said. “At the end of the day, it has no impact on our operations. If we find it, we’ll let police know. But it’s not something we’re in the business of searching for and not something we’re actively searching for.”

Melendez said the TSA will alert local law enforcement if they find a passenger with marijuana in their possession as that person passes through security scanners. But legal quantities of the plant theoretically will pass through security undetected in both carry-on and checked baggage, he said.

How can I buy marijuana once the recreational dispensaries open?

It’s as simple as walking into a dispensary, choosing what you want, showing your ID and paying for it, just like buying alcohol at a liquor store. But as long as the plant is federally illegal, you’ll need to bring cash, as dispensaries don’t accept credit cards.

Where will the open dispensaries be located?

It depends on the size of the county. In Clark County, up to 80 recreational licenses — including for dispensaries, cultivation and production facilities — will be allowed for 18 months after permits are distributed by the state. Washoe County, with between 100,000 and 700,000 residents, will have up to 20 recreational marijuana facility licenses, while smaller counties with population less than 55,000 will be allowed up to two licenses.

Similar to Nevada’s medical marijuana program, individual counties also will have the right to vote against allowing recreational marijuana dispensaries. Twelve of Nevada’s 16 counties currently ban medical marijuana establishments. But that doesn’t stop residents of those counties from being legally allowed to use marijuana within the county. As long as a person is on their own private property or on rented property where its use is permitted by the owner, they can use marijuana anywhere in Nevada.

Who will own the dispensaries? Can I open one?

For the first 18 months after recreational dispensaries are allowed to open, only those currently with a medical marijuana license can own and operate them. After that, the general public will have their shot, similar to liquor stores.

Qualifications for members of the general public will be determined in the upcoming Legislature. But with little framework for such licenses outlined in Ballot Question 2, Segerblom and fellow State Sen. Patricia Farley said figuring out how to issue state certifications, and who will get them, is one of their biggest concerns.

“It’s going to be tough to figure out how to implement it because the wording was so vague,” Segerblom said.

The earliest someone not currently holding a medical marijuana license could open a store would be Jan. 1, 2019, if the state allows current medical marijuana facilities to start their recreational operations in June 2017. If that process is delayed until Jan. 1, 2018, state medical facilities won’t open until June 2019.

If I buy marijuana from a street dealer, can I still use it?

It’s illegal to sell marijuana anywhere other than a licensed marijuana dispensary and illegal to buy anywhere other than a licensed marijuana dispensary. But once it’s in your possession, police can’t track you to that dealer.

Can I buy from multiple dispensaries on the same day?

Yes, as long as you buy within the legal limit of 1 ounce per day. Nevada’s medical marijuana industry uses a registry that tracks patients’ purchases at the time of sale, making dispensary hopping possible, as long as a buyer’s marijuana flower purchases equate to under 1 ounce and concentrates equate to under one-eighth of an ounce.

Such a registry will be up for debate by the Legislature. But if Segerblom has his way, the state won’t have one. That essentially leaves the door open for buyers to jump undetected from dispensary to dispensary and buy more than the legal limit, if they so desire.

“The whole point of this is not to have your name in any database for the state to track,” he said. “We don’t want buyers of legal adult-use cannabis to be up for audit or investigation.”

Where can I go to smoke marijuana?

Users can ingest the plant only at their private residences. All public places — such as parks, campgrounds and national forests — will be off-limits, as will bars, coffee houses, casino-hotels and even the marijuana store where the product is purchased.

Segerblom said such a dynamic creates a problem for more than 45 million tourists who visit Las Vegas each year. With casinos and hotels saying no to marijuana, he hopes such laws will be lightly enforced. He said that while marijuana has always been illegal in popular tourist lodging venues, it hasn’t stopped tourists from using the drug in their hotel rooms, on the Strip and around the valley.

Can I smoke weed in the clubs or dayclubs/pool parties?

Weed is still banned from the Casinos and the club sand dayclubs are an extension of the Casinos. As of now, most clubs will deny you entry or kick you out if they find out with weed. Same goes for the dayclubs. This applies to vapes and

This may change in the future but for now, we recommend smoking up in your hotel room before heading out!

What if I’m renting from someone, or leasing an apartment?

If you don’t own the property you’re living on, you’ll need to check with your rental agency or landlord to make sure they approve of your marijuana use before lighting up.

Can I grow marijuana at home?

Not unless you’re living outside of a 25-mile range of the nearest marijuana dispensary, which for residents of the Las Vegas Valley essentially means no. In rural Nevada, where dispensaries are fewer and farther between, residents can grow up to six marijuana plants per person, or no more than 12 per household.

If I can’t smoke in a bar or casino, can I at least bring edibles?

It’s not technically legal. But, in practice, a person could consume edibles in a bathroom stall where nobody else could see them.

Can I drive after using a cannabis product?

It’s similar to alcohol in that police can pull you over if they suspect you’re impaired.

What’s the legal limit for driving, and how will authorities test me for marijuana?

By current law, a Nevada driver can’t have marijuana metabolites — active or inactive — present in their blood when tested. But if police have no reason to believe a marijuana user is too impaired to drive, they won’t go as far as arresting and taking someone in for a blood test. Unlike with alcohol, there’s no way to measure marijuana levels with a breathalyzer, so police will administer field sobriety tests and make a judgment call. Metro Police spokesman Officer Larry Hadfield said he expects the force to hand out “tons” of DUIs as Nevadans adjust to recreational marijuana laws and figure out how much they can tolerate.

“Just be smart,” Hadfield said. “If you smoke and drive, if you smoke in the car, you’re going to be in trouble.”

Could the federal government come in and shut Nevada’s marijuana program down?

Yes. But it’s unlikely. Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s office will be in charge of fending off any potential federal lawsuits. Laxalt’s office declined response to requests for comment, arguing they don’t comment on “hypothetical questions or scenarios.” But Farley said she expects the attorney general’s office to “respect and stand for the will of Nevada voters.”

If I’m a medical patient, can I share my marijuana with other adults who want to use it recreationally?

Nevada patients risk losing their medical marijuana cards if caught giving or selling their medical weed to anyone else. But once the marijuana is in possession of a nonmedical-card holding recipient, according to Ballot Question 2, it’s legal for that person to possess and use it.

Can I send marijuana in the mail?

Marijuana is federally illegal, making it unlawful to mail it with the U.S. Postal Service. Representatives from both UPS and FedEx also said their companies also will refuse to knowingly ship marijuana in an attempt to honor federal law.

“FedEx strictly prohibits such shipments in our national network,” company spokeswoman Sharon Young said. “Our terms and conditions for shipping are broadly applied to ensure full compliance with federal regulations.”

Can I drive with marijuana in my car?

Yes, as long as you’re not using it, driving under the influence or carrying more than the legal amount of 1 ounce of marijuana flower or one-eighth of an ounce of marijuana concentrates.

Will my employer let me use marijuana?

That’s up to your boss. By federal law, employers can still fire employees for using marijuana. And some marijuana users can still test positive over a month after using the plant, so you might want to check with your boss.

How do I get a job in the marijuana industry?

Check with the dispensaries, as many post job listings on their websites. Craigslist and marijuana-specific job websites, like 420careers.com and cannajobs.com, offer platforms for marijuana employers and prospective employees to connect. But not just anyone can find work in Nevada’s marijuana industry. Cannabis employers in Nevada are required to background check prospective employees. Those with criminal records won’t be hired, Segerblom said.

New York Looks To Appoint “Night Mayor” to Regulate Nightlife and Warehouse Parties

Following on the footsteps of cities the likes of Amsterdam, Paris and London, NYC is now looking toward appointing a Night Mayor to overlook the metropolis’ nightlife.

New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal began putting together a proposal for legislation that calls for an entire section of local government to protect and manage the nightlife industry.  According to Espinal’s plan the Office Of Nightlife would oversee the regulation of the city’s DIY art and warehouse spaces, and would be the liaison point between City Hall and New York’s bustling $10 billion nightlife economy.

The Office of Nightlife would be overseen by a Night Mayor, in a very similar manner to metropolises in Europe such as Zurich, Amsterdam, Paris and London. With the recent attention on safety and licensing regulation, the city has suffered a loss with regards to the DIY art community. The Night Mayor would come in to oversee, preserve and protect the DIY scene and other smaller-scale venues.

H/T: Gothamist

Cheap Las Vegas Bachelorette (Hen) Parties on a Budget

Planning a cheap bachelorette in Las Vegas for your bestie? You’re in luck! Vegas is one of the best cities to throw the bride-to-be an epic party without breaking the bank. Here are 6 tips and tricks to keep the costs low and the fun levels high throughout the festivities:

1. Plan your travel early for your budget bachelorette

Plan your budget bachelorette at least 3-4 months in advance so your group can save on flight deals and hotels. Vegas’s hotel market is very competitive, which means many of them offer excellent amenities at a great price. Staying at a hotel on the Strip also reduces transportation costs, especially if you choose to walk. Also, some hotels, like the Palazzo, have suites that could fit 6 people. This can be more economical than getting 2 rooms if you don’t mind squeezing. Alternatively, if you have a larger group that wants to stay in the same house….

2. Consider vacation rentals instead of hotels 

Depending on the size of your budget bachelorette, it may be cheaper to book a condo or house through AirBnb or VRBO instead of getting a hotel. Most likely, you can find an upscale rental for a per-person price that’s more affordable than many hotels. If you choose to go this route, it may also be cheaper to book a shuttle instead of relying on multiple Ubers to go back and forth from the Strip.

3. Take advantage of free activities

You don’t have to bet money at the casinos or buy $$$ tickets to shows to have a good time in Vegas since there are plenty of free activities as well! Vegas features warm weather most of the year, which means you can spend time outdoors by the pool, people-watching on the Strip, or even hiking in the nearby Red Rocks Canyon. Other free Las Vegas activities include watching the Bellagio Fountains, the Mirage volcano eruption, taking in the sights and smells at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and checking out the wildlife at the Flamingo. You can also play bachelorette party games, which are a fun way to celebrate the bride-to-be without going out. Chances are, the other bachelorette guests will appreciate a chill daytime activity before a big night out.

4. Sign-up for free guestlists at dayclubs and nightclubs

This is key! As an entourage of all-ladies, you’re going to have a big advantage getting into the hottest clubs in Vegas at little-to-no cost. Your group will be able to get in free to many clubs, and maybe even snag complimentary bottle service depending on the venue, time of year, and headlining DJ. Many clubs will offer cheaper bottle service packages for groups of girls. Use the Discotech app to look up events, compare prices, sign up for guestlists, buy tickets, and reserve tables. Keep in mind that for almost all free Las Vegas guestlists, you’ll need to be at the door by a certain cut-off time, usually by 11:30pm for nightclubs. Lines in Vegas for popular clubs can be long, so you should arrive at the club earlier to have ample time to get in. If you know you might have a hard time getting your group moving, we recommend buying tickets, which are good for admission all night.

5. Pregame 

Drinks in Las Vegas add up, especially at the club, where your average cocktail runs $12+. To help cut costs for your budget bachelorette party, pick up drinks beforehand to pregame. Alternatively, use an alcohol delivery app to have it sent straight to your door! This way, you’ll have a nice buzz going the moment you step inside the party and save money to boot.

6. Be social!

Remember, everyone is in Vegas to have a fantastic time. Chances are, there are a couple of stag parties out and about hoping to meet a group of lovely ladies to treat to drinks and entertain. Don’t be shy! Hey, it doesn’t hurt your wallet either.

These 6 tips and tricks should help you plan the best budget bachelorette for your lucky gal pal. Who knew having fun in Sin City could be this affordable?