Taxation asks Nevada AG for ruling on pot lounges

The Nevada Department of Taxation has formally asked Attorney General Adam Laxalt for an opinion on whether the law allows marijuana use at special events and in lounges.

The request was made in the wake of a Legislative Counsel’s opinion the voter-approved law allowing recreational marijuana use doesn’t specifically prohibit marijuana consumption and possession in places where the public isn’t allowed and where entry is restricted to people 21 and over.

That LCB opinion also states local governments have the authority to license such businesses and consumption lounges, or the use of marijuana at special events just as those governments license other businesses.

The issue has been raised numerous times since the voters approved decriminalization of recreational marijuana with backers including State Sen. Tick Segerbloom, D-Las Vegas, pointing out there’s a huge tourist market for allowing the use of pot at special events.

Until that opinion, local officials and Taxation which regulates the marijuana law, had been operating under the assumption marijuana use was prohibited at special events because they’re held in public. The opinion basically says restricted access to such events means they aren’t really public.

When that opinion was announced, Gov. Brian Sandoval expressed reservations pointing out an LCB opinion doesn’t legally carry the weight of an official Attorney General’s Opinion.

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The request for an opinion issued last week simply asks the attorney general to have his staff weigh in on the issue and rule on whether that authority is inherent in the voter-approved law or not.

“Does there need to be state law that provides for the licensing and regulatory structure of businesses that allow for marijuana use or consumption like the statutes that make the opening and maintaining of marijuana establishments lawful under state law?” asks the formal request signed by Taxation Director Deonne Contine.

She pointed out the LCB opinion raises many questions about the issue and the state’s authority to regulate marijuana businesses.

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Family Attractions Vie With Gambling, Prostitution in Las Vegas, Scene of Mass Shooting

Las Vegas, one of the world’s top tourist attractions with its gambling and adult entertainment earning it the nickname “Sin City,” has been trying to diversify into a family vacation mecca in recent years, with amusement parks, outlet shopping malls and other attractions sprouting up.

That helped account for the large number of women and children among the 22,000 people attending the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival Sunday night when a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino across the street.

Nevada also has some of the loosest gun laws in the United States. Owners of firearms don’t need to obtain a license or register their weapons as in many other states. Las Vegas also offers at least 15 shooting ranges where people can open fire with a wide range of weapons, including assault rifles and machine guns.

By night, the Nevada city is a sea of neon that lights up the sky for those approaching by interstate highways, even before the city itself emerges from the surrounding mountains.

Visitors mill about the famed “Strip,” wandering from the dancing fountains in front of the Bellagio to the faux volcano at the Mirage and the live lions at the MGM Hotel. Acrobatic acts, magicians, dancers, haute cuisine and world-renowned singers like Elton John and Celine Dion help draw people inside. A monorail hauls tourists from one end of the Strip to the other.

Visitors can watch live jousts at the medieval-themed Excalibur. Across the street is New York New York, a scale model of the Big Apple’s top attractions. There’s a version of the Eiffel Tower further north, and Circus Circus offers a take on the big top. For a fresh angle on roller coasters, visitors check out the Stratosphere, a tower that includes rides at the top.

The city offers plenty of places to drink, from cozy nightclubs to strip clubs that offer scantily clad male and female dancers. Occasionally, a visitor gets carried away with an attractive stranger and gets married at one of the little wedding chapels scattered about the city. If it doesn’t work out, Vegas is also one of the easiest cities in which to get a divorce.

By day, the pace is slower as people wake from late-night carousing and emerge bleary-eyed into the desert sun. Some head for the convention centers that draw trade shows and company meetings. Others go shopping for everything from cheap souvenirs to name-brand high fashion, tour the city from above by helicopter or visit the nearby Hoover Dam for the water sports available there.

But the city’s centerpiece has long been gambling, earning Vegas another nickname: “Lost Wages.” Table games like blackjack, poker, craps and roulette coexist alongside huge sports gambling operations. The visitors range from high-rollers (known as whales), whose rooms and meals are often free, all the way down to those who drop their coins into cheap slot machines in hopes of a jackpot.

Legalized gambling gave the city a boost but also drew mobsters to the oasis in the middle of the Mohave Desert. And as the casinos created a growing skyline, Las Vegas became one of the fastest-growing U.S. cities — its population rose by 85 percent between 1990 and 2000 – with many new residents drawn by the gambling and hospitality industries.

While prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas itself, several bordellos are within a short drive. The combination of vices spawned the line that “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”

And now Sin City offers a new attraction: legal marijuana dispensaries have cropped up since July, when Nevada’s new law on recreational use took effect.

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WATCH: Dan Bilzerian Instagram Video During Las Vegas Shooting | CaCao TV

CaCao TV Dan Bilzerian pictured with his girlfriend in Vegas in November 2016.

Instagram star and professional poker player Dan Bilzerian complained, “Stupid ass me didn’t bring a gun,” as he ran from Stephen Paddock’s gunfire in Las Vegas.

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Detroit Police Chief says off-duty officers should have been allowed to bring guns in Las Vegas inci

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said off-duty officers should have been allowed to bring their weapons into the Route 91 Harvest Festival after a mass shooting left 50 dead and more than 400 injured.


Masacru in Las Vegas, 50 de morti si 400 de raniti

Masacru în Las Vegas: cel puţin 50 de oameni au fost ucişi, iar 400 răniţi, într-un atac armat, care a avut loc la un festival de muzică. Agresorul a tras de la etajul 32 al unui hotel în miile de persoane adunate la spectacol. Oamenii legii spun că bărbatul, un localnic, a acţionat singur şi nu ar avea legături cu grupări militante. Potrivit BBC, bărbatul s-a sinucis, iar în camera de hotel s-au găsit 10 arme.

Cel puţin 50 de oameni au fost ucişi, iar peste 400 răniţi într-un atac armat care a avut loc la un festival de muzică din Las Vegas. Un român a fost ranit grav și este supus unei intervenâii chirugicale, a anunâat mama sa pe rețelele de socializare.

Un tânăr de 23 de ani din Cluj s-ar afla printre persoanele rănite la Las Vegas. Informația a fost postată de mama tânărului, pe pagina sa de Facebook și este preluată de presa din România. Potrivit informațiilor postate pe pagina de socializare, tânărul teste supus unei intervenții chirugicale. Un diplomat român din Los Angeles a plecat spre locul tragediei pentru a obține mai multe informații.

Bărbatul care a ucis cel puțin 50 de oameni și a rănit alte sute la un concert de muzică country din Las Vegas a fost identificat de poliție drept Stephen Paddock, relatează BBC News. Paddock, un bărbat de culoare albă, în vârstă de 64 de ani, este din Mesquite, Nevada. El a deschis focul de la etajul 32 al hotelului Mandalay Bay și a tras în mulțimea care participa la festivalul Route 91 Harvest. Potrivit poliției, în camera de hotel ocupată de Paddock au fost descoperite mai multe puști. Bărbatul s-a sinucis.

Poliția din Las Vegas a transmis luni că un atacator înarmat s-ar afla liber în celebra zonă cu cazinouri a orașului și a cerut locuitorilor să fie precauți, relatează BBC și CNN. O persoană înarmată s-ar afla în apropierea cazinoului Mandalay Bay. “Cerem tuturor să evite zona”, se menționează într-o postare a departamentului de Poliției pe Twitter.

O persoană a deschis focul la un festival de muzică country care se desfășoară la Las Vegas.

Mai multe videoclipuri postate pe rețelele de social media arată că sute de oameni fug de lângă scenă și se aude sunetul a ceea ce pare a fi focul automat al unei puști. Înregistrările live de pe scenă arată o prezență puternică a poliției în Las Vegas.

Potrivit Reuters, un utilizator de Twitter a scris că hotelul în care se află cazinoul a fost închis, în timp ce un alt utilizator, citând poliția, a spus că doi atacatori s-ar afla la etajului al 32-lea al hotelului și ar fi tras asupra unui bodyguard și asupra poliției.


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Over 50 dead, 200 injured in Las Vegas after deadliest shooting in modern US history

More than 50 people were killed and 200 injured when a lone gunman opened fire from a perch high up in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas Sunday night, police said, making it the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.

The “nonstop gunfire,” according to one witness, sent bystanders outside the resort on the Vegas strip ducking for cover and scrambling for their lives.

Bystanders sprang into action, caring for the wounded and at least one described someone dying in their arms.

Police said a Las Vegas police officer who was off-duty attending the concert is among the dead.

One video showed the terrifying aftermath as the injured lay on stretchers or on the ground with responders and bystanders surrounding them to give aid. Bystanders made makeshift stretchers out of police barricades, plugged wounds with their hands and used their clothing to try to stanch the bleeding from the wounded.

PHOTO: A man lays on top of a woman as others flee the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after an active shooter was reported on Oct. 1, 2017 in Las Vegas. The woman later was seen getting up with help.


Essential California: Deadly shooting at a Las Vegas concert

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, Oct. 2, and here’s what’s happening:


A deadly shooting in Las Vegas

More than 50 people were killed and at least 200 others injured after a gunman opened fire Sunday night at a country music festival opposite the Mandalay Bay hotel and resort on the Las Vegas Strip, authorities said. Police reported that the suspect, a Las Vegas resident, was dead. “Right now we believe it’s a solo act, a lone wolf attacker,” Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joe Lombardo said during an early-morning news conference. Concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival said they heard a burst of weapons fire as singer Jason Aldean performed on stage. “I thought it was like bottle rockets going off,” Seth Bayles of West Hollywood said. “Then we saw people dropping. We saw someone get hit and then we started running.” Los Angeles Times

The investigation: With the gunman dead, Las Vegas police made an urgent appeal to find two vehicles and the suspect’s companion. Los Angeles Times

Video: Chilling videos on social media captured the scene and its aftermath. Los Angeles Times

Plus: Aldean was scheduled to be the final act of the three-day festival, while dozens of others had played, including Eric Church, Sam Hunt and Maren Morris. In numerous tweets, artists communicated with fans and followers, expressing their sorrow and prayers for anyone injured and telling loved ones that they were safe. Los Angeles Times

And: The mass shooting temporarily shut down nearby McCarran International Airport‏. Los Angeles Times

The newlyweds and the suspicions

Debra Newell was a well-known Orange County interior designer who, at 59, had met a man with whom she thought she could spend the rest of her life. But her family was suspicious, and those seeds of doubt would reveal a shocking truth. Over the next week Times reporter Christopher Goffard will chronicle the twisted tale of “Dirty John” in a series of stories and a podcast. As each installment hits, you’ll be the first to know by reading Essential California.

Chapter One: Los Angeles Times | Chapter Two: Los Angeles Times | The Podcasts: iTunes

Ask the author anything: Have questions about our “Dirty John” series? Join Goffard for a Facebook Live Q&A on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at noon. Leave your questions in advance here: Los Angeles Times

Tell us your story: Have you ever tried to convince a loved one to leave a toxic relationship? Los Angeles Times

Where did all the pot go?

California produced at least 13.5 million pounds of marijuana last year — five times more than the 2.5 million pounds it consumed. Where did all that extra pot go? The answer, experts say, is that much of it ended up in other states, including some where marijuana is still illegal. As California prepares to allow cannabis sale for recreational use, that surplus has become a problem. Los Angeles Times

Plus: Los Angeles might restrict who can lodge appeals when marijuana businesses get city licenses, blocking challenges from people who do not live, work or own property nearby. The controversial idea was tucked into draft rules that would lay the groundwork for what is widely expected to be one of the hottest marijuana markets in the country. The industry could pump more than $50 million in tax revenue into city coffers next year. Los Angeles Times

This city’s big influence

“Sure, there was once an East Coast attitude of belittling the arts in La La Land, the Land of the Plastic Lotus, or whatever. But that’s as old as an early Woody Allen film,” writes Times classical music critic Mark Swed. “Indeed, Los Angeles has been a mecca for classical music since the 1930s, a place where art can invent away from, as well as absorb, old-world traditions. (Let’s not forget that even Allen, with witty irreverence and a wink to Hollywood, directed an opera in — and only in — L.A.) For fresh proof of just how stale those old pop-culture stereotypes have become, look to the new classical season.” Los Angeles Times


In Highland Park: The Prestons are accomplished artists, the kind of creative types who came to California not to make a lot of money but to pursue their passions. Now, they cannot afford their rent. Is that kind of California dream still affordable? Los Angeles Times

Gearing up for a big push: Up to 600,000 people are expected to apply when L.A. reopens the list for Section 8 housing vouchers this month for the first time in 13 years. Los Angeles Times

Fatal plunge: Federal investigators said Sunday that a man apparently jumped from a helicopter to his death off the coast of Malibu on Saturday afternoon. Los Angeles Times

Rams win! The Rams are no illusion. They proved it Sunday by going into AT&T Stadium and defeating the Dallas Cowboys, 35-30, before a crowd of 91,869. Los Angeles Times


Beach life: Los Angeles is heading toward another collision over its 30-year-old beach curfew that could decide who rules the city’s segments of the coastline after dark. In a court settlement, the city agreed to go before the California Coastal Commission to defend its midnight-to-5 a.m. closure of 11 miles of shoreline within its limits from Pacific Palisades to San Pedro. Los Angeles Times

Major milestone: About 2 million California homeowners are lucky enough to be living in their homes mortgage free. Orange County Register

Time to vote again: A flood of candidates are seeking to fill the Assembly seat once held by Jimmy Gomez, who left the California Legislature to serve in Congress this year, and Los Angeles voters have a chance to start sorting through them in Tuesday’s primary. Los Angeles Times


Flute investigation: Two Southern California school districts were giving conflicting messages over the weekend as they attempted to guide parents through a scare touched off last week by a state and federal investigation of a music specialist suspected of contaminating musical instruments with semen. Los Angeles Times

Simpson goes free: Former football star O.J. Simpson was released from a Nevada prison early Sunday after serving nine years for a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping in Las Vegas. Los Angeles Times

Plus: Simpson’s release launched a renewed effort to collect from him a 1997 civil jury award that held him liable in the deaths of his estranged wife and her friend, a family attorney said. Los Angeles Times

Another celebrity heist: Jewelry, watches, cash and high-end purses are missing from the home of former Lakers coach Byron Scott after a burglary of his Hermosa Beach residence Saturday, police said. Los Angeles Times

See you in court: Performer Cher filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, alleging that Los Angeles billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong and others duped her into selling her shares in a promising drug company at a fraction of the stock’s value. “The lawsuit has no merit. We intend to vigorously defend against it,” Soon-Shiong’s spokesman, Michael Sitrick, said in a statement. Los Angeles Times


An ancient tree is threatened: For thousands of years, wind-whipped, twisted bristlecone pines have been clinging to existence on the arid, stony crests of eastern California’s White Mountains, in conditions inhospitable to most other life. But the world’s oldest trees may never have experienced temperature increases as rapid as those of recent decades. Los Angeles Times

Something stinks along the coast: A recurring foul odor that some residents say causes headaches and nausea is a serious issue and needs more focus, says a Huntington Beach city councilman who wants a special committee to be formed on the issue. Los Angeles Times

Scary stuff: Harrowing stories are emerging about two massive rockfalls at Yosemite National Park that killed one man and injured at least two others. Los Angeles Times


Unwrapped: After 27 years in a warehouse, a once-censored mural rises in L.A.’s Union Station. And the artist is glad she stood her ground for all those years. Los Angeles Times

Music man: L.A.’s beloved musical master Randy Newman on how President Trump has changed, and not changed, his work. San Francisco Chronicle

Time for the playoffs: In a meeting with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in the middle of September, manager Dave Roberts informed Kershaw that the team does not intend to use him on short rest in the first round of the playoffs, bucking a trend from the last four postseasons. Los Angeles Times

#PRstrong: The Cal State L.A. women’s volleyball team has been rallying around its Puerto Rican teammates and coach since Hurricane Maria destroyed the island. Los Angeles Times

About the Olympics: “In 2017, encampments for the homeless again line the streets of L.A. There are tent cities all over downtown, as Skid Row, the historic neighborhood for the homeless, cannot support the size of its growing population.” Yet the Olympics are still coming. The New Yorker

“Curb” is back: J.B. Smoove has become such a favorite of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” fans, it’s easy to forget that his character, Leon Black, Larry David’s eminently quotable sidekick/seemingly permanent houseguest, only joined the HBO series in Season 6. Los Angeles Times


Los Angeles area: Partly cloudy, 77, Monday. Partly cloudy, 73, Tuesday. San Diego: Partly cloudy, 72, Monday and Tuesday. San Francisco area: Sunny, 71, Monday. Sunny, 73, Tuesday. Sacramento: Sunny, 80, Monday and Tuesday. More weather is here.


This week’s birthdays for those who’ve made a mark in California:

Actress Julie Andrews (Oct. 1, 1935), Padres bench coach and former slugger Mark McGwire (Oct. 1, 1963), Rep. Devin Nunes (Oct. 1, 1973) and Rep. Karen Bass (Oct. 3, 1953).

If you have a memory or story about the Golden State, share it with us. Send us an email to let us know what you love or fondly remember about our state. (Please keep your story to 100 words.)

Please let us know what we can do to make this newsletter more useful to you. Send comments, complaints and ideas to Benjamin Oreskes and Shelby Grad. Also follow them on Twitter @boreskes and @shelbygrad.

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Las Vegas Police: 1 Suspect Down, Dozens Shot

Las Vegas police say one suspect is ‘down’ after shooting at country music festival that has left at least two people dead and dozens wounded. Authorities don’t believe there are any more shooters. (Oct. 2)
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