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If it’s really true that “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”, then the Raiders have found a permanent home, once and for all. The team has played in Oakland, Los Angeles, back in Oakland and now Sin City.

The Vote

The vote to approve the move took place back on 3/27/17 during the team owners’ annual meeting in Phoenix. Only one owner voted against the move, which passed 31-1.

This was actually a long time coming, though, as the team’s owners have been hoping to move out of Oakland – their longtime home – for the past two years. Originally, the team had hoped to move back to Los Angeles, but they lost this bid.

The city of Oakland tried to pass legislation to build a new stadium in order to keep the team, but this last-ditch effort also failed.

The Second of Two Professional Teams

Keep in mind that the Vegas Golden Knights will begin playing hockey there this year, as well. The city is literally going to go from no professional sports to two franchises – one with an established history – in one year.

What Will This Mean for Business?

At this point, it’s hard to imagine Las Vegas producing any more money than it already does, but the Raiders’ arrival could prove to be a real boon.

While the city has long been seen as a “playground for adults,” it could be argued that adult males don’t have nearly as many attractions focused on them. This will definitely change that and may convince more men to make a trip they may have otherwise been putting off.

You also have to consider the profits that hotels, casinos and restaurants will enjoy from the fan base of visiting teams. Every time the Raiders have a game, the fans of their opponents will consider flying in to watch the game.

Flying to Vegas is definitely going to be much more affordable than doing the same to watch a game in California, so past numbers are most likely going to be far below what the Raiders will now see.

Of course, part of this is because of the other attractions featured in Sin City. Affordable flights and hotels will both help bring in huge crowds.

The Costs of Brining the Raiders to Las Vegas

At the same time, you can’t bring in an NFL team without taking on some costs, too. The biggest one is going to be the stadium, which taxpayers are going to pay for to the tune of $750 million. This will be the largest public subsidiary any American sports stadium has ever received.

It’s tough to say how much of that investment will pay off and, if it does, how quickly that will happen.

While we’re still a long way from the first kickoff for the Las Vegas Raiders, the move is official and the city’s already celebrating. Even with the hundreds of millions it will take to build the team’s stadium, there are many reasons to welcome the new team for how it will stimulate the economy.

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As you have probably heard, the drug laws in Nevada and California recently went under some groundbreaking changes. Before you go smoking any marijuana, though, make sure you understand the following.

Is This Just for Medicinal Users?

In California, marijuana has been legal for people with a license for years. That license could only be given by a doctor who had to first examine the person. Even then, the license would dictate how much the patient could buy at any one time.

However, you can now forget about those rules completely as recreational use means anyone of the legal age (more on that next) can buy and smoke marijuana.

The rules are different in Nevada, though. They’re basically following the same laws California used to, meaning you have to have a prescription from your doctor to buy and/or use marijuana.

At the moment, no company in NV has the license to sell recreational marijuana, but that will change over the next year. Part of the law that passed says that the Department of Taxation has until January 1st, 2018 to come up with rules regarding the state’s sales and licenses of retail marijuana dispensaries.

Who Can Legally Use Marijuana in Nevada and California?

In both states, the legal age is 21. You can expect underage tickets just like you would get with alcohol if you smoke weed before you’re of age.

So I Can Buy As Much Marijuana as I Want?

The simple answer is that, yes, you can. Obviously, in Nevada, you need the proper license.

Now, the law actually says you can only possess an ounce of marijuana at any one time. “Only” is a bit misleading here, though, because an ounce is a lot of marijuana. This dried plant does not weigh much, so an ounce is about a sandwich bag worth of weed.

For those who are long-time smokers, a joint has about ½ gram of weed in it, so your legal maximum is good for about 60 joints. You can always buy more, too.

If you plan on buying marijuana concentrate, the amount drops down to 1/8 ounce, but that’s still a lot considering how much THC is in that solution.

Am I Allowed to Operate a Motor Vehicle with Marijuana in It?

You are permitted to have marijuana in our car, yes, so long as it’s within the legal limit we just discussed. Driving while under the influence of marijuana is still against the law, though. In fact, passengers in your car can’t even smoke while it’s moving.

Can I Grow My Own Marijuana?

No. There are some exceptions for people who live in extremely rural areas of Nevada, but otherwise, you are prohibited from growing your own marijuana. You can also expect for law enforcement to step up their attempts to find homegrown plants, too, as Colorado has faced big problems with this.

This article should help you better understand what to expect from these new laws, but as we just touched on, plenty of new developments could be on the horizon going forward.

Sources:

http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/pot-news/20-things-know-about-legal-marijuana-nevada

http://www.thefader.com/2016/11/08/recreational-marijuana-california-massachusetts

http://www.weednews.co/marijuana-is-officially-legal-in-nevada/

Las Vegas, NV has never had a professional football team. A few of the closest things the city ever had was the Las Vegas Outlaws, which was a part of the failed XFL, the Las Vegas Posse, from the failed CLF, and the Las Vegas Sting, from the failed Arena Football League. However, they have never been home to a team from the NFL. Of course, it appears that things are changing in that arena. The Oakland Raiders want to pick up and relocate to Sin City, and this has the potential to be very good for the town.

Even though the city has had trouble supporting professional sports teams in the past, the NFL is a different beast entirely. There seems to be a lot of potential, and the move looks like it could be a foregone conclusion, although there may be some hiccups, as you will see.

Raiders Apply for Permission to Move

In February, 2017, the Oakland Raiders applied for permission to move to Las Vegas. They need to have 24 owner votes before they can make this move. Currently, they are lacking a partner to provide them with some of the financing they need. The owner of Sands, Sheldon Adelson, was going to contribute, but backed out. There are rumors that another potential partner, Goldman Sachs, is not going to contribute either.

The Raiders currently still need to put together $650 million, in addition to the $750 million from Nevada taxpayers and the $500 million from the NFL, to build their proposed stadium. The cost of the stadium stands at $1.9 billion. Even though they have had people dropout from the investment, the Raiders say that they still have two banks that will help to provide the money needed for the stadium. However, they did not name the sources of these extra funds.

Reports say that Adelson was not pleased with the lease the Raiders wanted to sign. The proposal would have the Raiders paying just $1 in rent each year. The investor did not like how the proposal only favored the Raiders. One of the only potential benefits to having Adelson drop out is the fact that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was unhappy that a casino owner would be involved with the NFL in any way.

It Could Be Good for Las Vegas

If the Oakland Raiders do move to Las Vegas, it has the potential to be very good for the city. It could help to increase jobs in the city, and provide even more in the way of tourists dollars, although Vegas has never seemed to have a problem with the number of tourists that come here.

Even though most believe that the Raiders will be coming to Las Vegas, there is still a possibility that they will not get the funding and will not have the votes needed to make that move. It’s an interesting situation that is certainly worth watching. We should know the results before too long.

Resource: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/02/19/raiders-need-money-and-more-to-pull-off-las-vegas-move/

http://www.celebritynetworth.com/articles/billionaire-news/raiders-still-planning-move-vegas-without-sheldon-adelsons-help/

Las Vegas is a wonderful city, and it seems as if there is always something interesting
to see and do for those who visit, as well as those who call it their home. This March,
you will find plenty of great things to enjoy, including checking out the games during
March Madness. Let’s look at some of the great options available.
What Can You Do for March Madness?
For two weeks in March, everyone has their mind on basketball, and if you are in Vegas
during this time, you can take advantage of the excitement in the city. Naturally, you
want to watch the games, and you certainly do not want to sit in your hotel room to
watch them. Fortunately, you will find that most of the sports bars in the area are just as
excited as you and your friends, and they will be tuning in. You can head to the Hard
Rock Café on the Strip and have fun at the Hoops Madness Party, or you can catch the
games live at the Sapphire.
If you are looking for sports books so you can place your bets on the games, Vegas is
certainly the city for you. Some of the casinos you might want to visit include Aria,
Bellagio, Caesar’s Palace, the Hard Rock Hotel, Mandalay Bay, Planet Hollywood, and
Wynn. Of course, the city has quite a few more bookmakers than just these hotels and
casinos.
Other Events in March
Of course, even though many people are excited about the games, you might want to
do a few other things while you are in town. In addition to all the fantastic permanent
shows in the city, March has some other acts that you might want to see.
Bruno Mars will be playing at the Monte Carlo on March 11 and 12. If you have never
seen Mars in person, you can rest assured that he puts on a fantastic show. If you can’t
get enough of Game of Thrones, you can check out the Game of Thrones Live Concert
Experience at the MGM Grand on March 25. If you would like to get your “Rebel Yell” on
before a “White Wedding”, be sure to check out Billy Idol. He will be performing at
Mandalay Bay from March 8 to March 24. Rod Steward will be a Caesars Palace from
March 15 through 31, and John Fogerty is at Wynn on March 11.
Keep in mind that these are just some of the shows that will be in Vegas in the month of
March. You have plenty of other great choices, too.
Never Get Bored in Vegas
As you can see, March is full of activities and events in addition to March Madness.
Make the most of the month and don’t forget that you can also indulge in some great
food. Whether you are looking for gourmet cooking, buffets, or something in between,
you can find plenty of places to enjoy in Vegas.
Resources: http://www.lasvegas-entertainment- guide.com/las-vegas-events-in-march.html