Man allegedly ran fake pot dispensary in Las Vegas

A Las Vegas man was arrested after allegedly running a fake marijuana dispensary called Elevate Medical Pharmacy.


Ka-ching: Pot’s first month of recreational sales strong

In July, customers spent $27 million during Nevada’s first month of recreational sales. (Nathan O’Neal | KSNV)

Kyle Moore, 22, and Andrea Lawrence, 23, are doing their part to pump some money into the state of Nevada.

“I bought a gram of blue dream, a gram of pineapple express … couple tincture drops,” the young man told me as we stood at a counter at a downtown marijuana dispensary.

These two kids are visiting from Madison, Wis. and they’re on a pot-buying spree: Las Vegas Releaf dispensary today, Essence, yesterday.

The damage for two days?

“I think $400, $417,” Kyle told me by the cash register.

In July, customers like them spent $27 million during Nevada’s first month of recreational sales, and our legislative “godfather” of marijuana, State Senator Tick Segerblom, couldn’t be happier.

“Really amazing, particularly when you compare them to other states – Colorado, Oregon, Washington, we’re double those states for the first month,” Segerblom says, adding, “we didn’t have Henderson online, we didn’t have Washoe County online, so it’s really looking good.”

MARIJUANA MONEY | Recreational sales top $27.1 million for Nevada in July

A 10-percent retail tax on that $27 million in recreational sales pumped $2.7 million into the state’s rainy day fund.

On top of that, a 15-percent wholesale tax on both medical and recreational pumped more than $970,000 to schools.

Total tax boost, just for July: about $3.7 million.

The wholesale tax is projected to bring in $56.2 million over the next two years; the retail tax, $63.5 million.

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Segerblom expects sales to remain strong.

“If you look at the other states, they are still going up,” he says. “After we look at August, if we see the revenues are still high, I would like to see the Governor have a special session and take some of the extra money and put it into the school districts, and apply it based on where the dollars come from.”

Las Vegas Releaf General Manager Lissa Lawatsch says business has been steady … and July was gangbusters.

“Business has been great. Obviously, in the first month, we saw lines out the door. Everybody rushing in so they could have the experience,” Lawatsch told me.

Nevada’s Department of Taxation says, in addition to generating tax revenue from sales, licensing and application fees from the state’s 250 licensed marijuana facilities have generated $6.5 million in state revenue. Those facilities include 53 retail stores, 92 cultivation facilities, 65 product manufacturing facilities, nine testing labs, and 31 distributors.

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Body-camera footage released of former Las Vegas officer assaulting handcuffed woman

The footage was taken in 2015 when the incident occurred but was only released after the former officer involved, Richard Scavone, pleaded guilty in court this week.


Las Vegas morning update for Friday, September 29th — VIDEO – Las Vegas Review-Journal

Here are your Friday morning headlines:

1. The Clark County School District approved only part of the proposed cuts to save support staff jobs. The move saved 47 currently filled jobs, and avoided cutting up to $4.2 million from its budget. Instead the school board voted to negotiate with unions to identify two furlough days to save money. The district’s budget deficit is currently an estimated $50 million to $60 million.

2. Nevada dispensaries raked in more than $27 million during the first month of recreational marijuana sales, generating more than $3.6 million in taxes. The state has also pulled in $6.5 million for marijuana license and application fees. Those revenues will be used to cover the administrative costs to regulate the industry for the Tax Department and local governments, and all remaining funds go to the state’s public education fund.

3. Las Vegas police are investigating after a machete fight and shooting left three people injured. An altercation led to the machete fight, and then a few minutes later shots were fired in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven on Boulder Highway. One person suffered a stab wound to the leg, and two others suffered gunshot wounds to the leg.

Contact Rochelle Richards at or 702-224-5505. Follow @MediaStark24 on Twitter.

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Las Vegas morning update for Friday, September 29th

Friday’s Headlines: CCSD saves jobs with less cuts, Nevada marijuana sales soar during first month, Las Vegas police investigating machete fight and shooting


Recreational weed, sports betting in spotlight as G2E takes over Vegas next week

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The IGT booth is shown during the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) convention at the Sands Expo and Convention Center Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016.

An appearance by Magic Johnson, the effects of legalized recreational pot, the use of “Game of Thrones” as a business strategy and more interactive slot machines are expected to be among the highlights of Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Monday through Thursday at the Sands Expo.

First held in 2001 and presented by the American Gaming Association (AGA), G2E has become one of the world’s largest gaming trade shows. Some 428 companies and organizations will display goods and services on the exhibit floor, and organizers say the show will use all 1.8 million square feet of the Sands Expo meeting and event space.

Exhibit space is only part of the story. Attendees will have the chance to hear keynote speeches from industry leaders such as Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the AGA, and notables such as Johnson.

The basketball legend will speak about his post-NBA career and with Freeman discuss the ramifications of legal sports betting.

The discussion is timely. The Supreme Court is reviewing the constitutionality of the law prohibiting sports betting across the country, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The AGA has lobbied to repeal the law and legalize sports betting nationwide.

Other gaming industry leaders will examine another tricky legal issue for gaming companies, the move to legalize recreational pot. Gaming and pot regulators from Nevada, Colorado and other states will participate in a panel discussion titled “The Highs and Lows of Marijuana Legalization.”

And while “Game of Thrones” is a slot machine theme, the hit TV show is also apparently a basis for business strategy. Roger Snow, Scientific Games senior vice president, will discuss what the Lannisters, the Starks, the Dothrakis, and (especially) the White Walkers can teach people about business.

G2E is also a chance for gaming manufacturers to show off their wares. The makers of interactive games as well as “regular” slots use G2E to garner attention.

Konami is promoting an interactive music game called “Beat Square”; Gamblit is debuting a “Pac-Man” game; GameCo is rolling out games involving DJ Steve Aoki and the Terminator franchise; Scientific Games is unveiling James Bond-themed games; and Aristocrat announced a new slot based on the HBO show “Westworld.”

Many of the goods on display have nothing to do with celebrities or television shows. They include advanced touch screens, more powerful graphics computing for slots, new electronic payment options at table games and advanced air-filtering systems.

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UPDATE: North Las Vegas police release photos of suspects accused of running over man after robbery

North Las Vegas police are continuing to look for two people who were inside a Jeep when it hit a Good Samaritan after a robbery earlier this month.