Ballot could add legal marijuana to Las Vegas’ list of vices

first_img LAS VEGAS (AP) – Nevada already has legal brothels, round-the-clock casinos and a coy catchphrase declaring that “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” If voters approve, the state could soon add another vice in the form of recreational marijuana.A proposal on the Nov. 8 state ballot would legalize pot, and entrepreneurs hope its passage could someday allow the drug at Las Vegas’ glamorous nightclubs and perhaps provide the framework for a future Amsterdam-style cannabis district.“I really think this would be the third-largest market in the country,” said Derek Peterson, whose company operates marijuana dispensaries called Blum. He predicts that only California and New York would offer a bigger customer base than Las Vegas and its 42 million tourists a year. “I think it should be able to fit in really well with the whole dayclub/nightclub thing.”Nevada has allowed medical marijuana since 2000, and Peterson sees recreational pot as an alternative for visitors tired of cocktails that can top $15 apiece and inflict hangovers. But before waitresses begin delivering high-grade marijuana at clubs along the Las Vegas Strip, weed proponents will have to win over not just voters, who narrowly support the initiative in polls, but a risk-averse casino industry.The Nevada Resort Association came out against the measure, pointing to an opinion from gambling regulators that casino owners should avoid the marijuana industry because the substance remains illegal under federal law. Las Vegas Sands owner Sheldon Adelson has bankrolled most of the opposition, pouring $2 million of his fortune into a campaign that raises the possibility that small children could become intoxicated from candy-like marijuana edibles.In spite of its libertine reputation, the rigorously regulated casino industry is known to err on the conservative side to avoid scandalizing the middle-aged tourists who are its bread and butter.“I don’t know that this is a game changer in terms of tourism,” Virginia Valentine, president of the Nevada Resort Association, said of marijuana’s potential. “We’re really known for other things. You may attract people or turn them off.”The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which promotes Sin City’s amenities to the world, is neutral on the issue.There’s no solid state-sponsored research on how legal recreational marijuana has affected tourism in places that have legalized it, although both sides point to Colorado to make their case.Pro-marijuana interests cite a state study that found Colorado set an all-time tourism record in 2015, capping a fifth year of growth. It’s unclear how much of that is due to weed, and how much can be chalked up to other factors, such as good snow in recent years relative to competing ski states.Marijuana opponents refer to a report from the Visit Denver tourism bureau that logged increasing complaints about panhandling and open marijuana consumption in the city’s downtown corridor.“Denver is losing visitors and valuable convention business as a result of these overall safety (or perception of safety) issues,” the report said. “We fear not being able to brand Denver away from this growing reputation.”Nevada’s ballot initiative would not allow municipalities to put blanket bans on marijuana, as Colorado does. But it would bar consumption in buildings that are open to the public and permit local governments to restrict the locations of marijuana dispensaries and related businesses. It effectively blocks people from growing their own by banning the practice within 25 miles of a licensed marijuana store.Some of those provisions could be changed three years after passage. But even political leaders who are open to legalization say the embrace will not be immediate if voters approve the measure.“I think it will be as much of a challenge for us as it will be a boon for us, because there’s no place in the world like Vegas,” said Democratic Rep. Dina Titus, whose urban district includes the Strip. “I think it’s going to take a while to work it out.”Meanwhile, a Nevada lawmaker who has always pushed the envelope on marijuana says he’s requested a bill next spring that would allow Amsterdam-style pot coffeeshops and other places dedicated to public consumption. Democratic state Sen. Tick Segerblom envisions a pedestrian-centric outdoor entertainment district focused on giving visitors a new kind of “only-in-Vegas” experience centered around pot.“It’s somewhere you do things you wouldn’t normally do,” said Segerblom, who’s so supportive of marijuana in Nevada that he sponsored a failed bill in 2015 to allow sick dogs and cats to use it. “Have fun, party, do things you wouldn’t do at home. Take a picture and brag about it.” Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE Author: AP center_img Ballot could add legal marijuana to Las Vegas’ list of vices Published: November 2, 2016 5:19 AM EDT last_img read more

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Polter expected to be passed fit to start against Derby

first_img Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles People from Local Area Become Rich – Thanks to This New £250 Investment x This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s Deleted. x Easy Way to Generate Extra Income x Last Nights Episode Left Viewers Speechless! x Jackie Kennedy Was a Style Icon – but Her Shoes Revealed What We Long Suspected x Last Photo: What Happened After This Photo Was Horrifying x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook QPR striker Sebastian Polter is expected to be passed fit to start Wednesday’s game against Derby County at Loftus Road.The German picked up a thigh injury ahead of the weekend defeat at Rotherham, where he came on as a second-half substitute.He has since been involved in full training and will be assessed ahead of the match against the Rams.AdChoices广告Jack Robinson and Ariel Borysiuk are still nursing injuries. James Perch is available again after serving a one-match man. See also:QPR’s Mackie makes his return to actionQPR boss Holloway backs strikersTough times for QPR but Holloway has made some positive changesFleming in the frame for QPR coaching roleFurlong’s QPR youngsters to face Spurs after cup victorylast_img read more

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KitchenWise: This chicken salad is served in a hot dog bun

first_imgDELUXE BLT CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICHES WITH BASIL DRESSINGStart to finish: 1 hour 20 minutes (20 active)Servings: 61 to 1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (not thin sliced), about 3/4-inch thick6 cups chicken broth2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered if largeKosher salt6 ounces bacon3/4 cup mayonnaise1 1/2 cups packed fresh basil leaves2 teaspoons lemon zest and 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice6 hot dog buns2 tablespoons unsalted butter, meltedBaby romaine lettuce leaves for garnishIn a medium saucepan combine the chicken with the broth and heat the pan over medium heat until it registers 170 F. Remove the pan from the heat, cover the pan and let it stand 20 minutes. (Cut into the thickest part of the thickest chicken breast and if you see any pink reheat the chicken briefly.) Transfer the chicken to a bowl and let it cool. When cool, cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Strain the broth, cover and either chill or freeze it for future use.Meanwhile, sprinkle the tomatoes lightly with salt and let them stand for 15 minutes.In a large skillet cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp, about 5 minutes and transfer to paper towels to drain. When cool, crumble.In a food processor combine the mayonnaise, basil, lemon zest and juice and puree until smooth. Add a little water if the dressing is too thick to pour.Using a serrated knife, slice off and discard the side crusts of the hot dog buns. Brush the cut sides with the butter. In a large nonstick skillet toast the buttered sides of the hot dog buns over medium heat until they are golden brown.Using paper towels gently pat dry the tomatoes. In a large bowl combine the chicken, dressing, tomatoes and bacon; stir gently just until combined.To serve: Put a piece of lettuce inside each toasted bun and mound the chicken salad on top.Nutrition information per serving: 599 calories; 370 calories from fat; 41 g fat (11 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 111 mg cholesterol; 690 mg sodium; 25 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 31 g protein.EDITOR’S NOTE: Sara Moulton is host of public television’s “Sara’s Weeknight Meals.” She was executive chef at Gourmet magazine for nearly 25 years and spent a decade hosting several Food Network shows, including “Cooking Live.” Her latest cookbook is “HomeCooking 101.” This May 2017 photo shows BLT chicken salad with basil dressing sandwiches in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP) Chicken salad, that summertime classic, often suffers from Chewy Chicken Syndrome, a pitfall that requires a tightrope walk to avoid.You want to build the recipe around white meat chicken — the perfect foil for its mayonnaise-based sauce — but you don’t want to overcook it, an easy thing to do given white meat’s leanness. (And if you do happen to overcook it, you might as well kiss it goodbye. It’ll end up about as tender as a pencil eraser.)Accordingly, this recipe for Deluxe BLT Chicken Salad Sandwiches With Basil Dressing mimics the cooking process called sous vide to guarantee the chicken turns out tender. Without going into a lengthy explanation, let’s just say the premise of sous vide is to cook the item at a temperature no higher than the one at which you want it to end up. That way it can never be overcooked. In this case the outer limit for the internal temperature is 165 degrees, the heat at which you can be sure that any bacteria have been killed.Here the chicken is cooked in chicken broth, which deepens the flavor of both the chicken and the broth. You’ll start by heating the broth to 170 F, not 165 F, because the temperature drops quickly with all the chicken in there. Then cover the pan and pull it off the burner, allowing the chicken to cook gently in the lingering heat of the broth. (To make sure you don’t undercook it, cut into the thickest piece of chicken after it rests for 20 minutes and, if necessary, reheat it briefly to finish the process.)What puts this chicken salad over the top? Salting the tomatoes to remove excess water and make them more tomato-y and pureeing the basil leaves in a food processor to make them more basil-y. Lastly, we borrow one of the features that makes a New England lobster roll so magnificent — serving the chicken salad in a buttered, toasted hot dog bun.last_img read more

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