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Teresa Bitler

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The best marijuana dispensaries in Vegas

The best marijuana dispensaries in Vegas

The entertainment capital of the world celebrated its first recreational marijuana sale on July 1, 2017, in true Vegas fashion: with fireworks. Since then, the number of dispensaries in Vegas has exploded to more than 50, with the highest concentration on or near The Strip.  As is usually the case in Vegas, bigger-is-better tends to dominate the dispensary scene. Indeed, the city boasts the largest dispensary in the world, Planet 13. Not to be left behind, other dispensaries wow with interactive displays, cannabis kitchens and spa-like environs. To purchase cannabis in Las Vegas you must be at least 21 years old, have identification such as a valid driver’s license or government-issued card, and bring cash since most banks won’t work with dispensaries. You’ll also want to be careful where you light up. Smoking or using in public – including casinos and hotel rooms – carries a fine of up to $600.  RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Las Vegas

The best cannabis dispensaries in Phoenix

The best cannabis dispensaries in Phoenix

The battle to legalize marijuana in Arizona has been an uphill struggle. Even though voters approved legalizing medical use as long ago as 1996, it didn’t actually become law until 2010, and it would be another ten years before it was made legal to purchase and use cannabis recreationally throughout the state.  But that’s all in the past: just weeks after the Smart and Safe Arizona Act passed in November 2020, medical dispensaries welcomed their first recreational customers. Since then, combination medical and recreational use dispensaries have popped up throughout the Valley, increasing numbers of them with elaborate or luxurious décor. For example, Cannabist in Tempe features a lobby filled with trees while The Mint is home to the nation’s first cannabis-infused kitchen. Now, purchasing cannabis for recreational at one of these dispensaries in Phoenix tops our list of the best things to do in the city. Just know the rule before you shop: you need to be 21 years or older and have a valid driver’s license or state-issued identification card. With that, you can purchase up to 28 grams of flower per day, five grams of which can be in the form of vape cartridges, concentrates, edibles, tinctures and/or topicals. Don’t be surprised by the final total. You’ll pay a fairly hefty 21.6 percent tax in Phoenix on your recreational purchase. Otherwise, happy toking.  RECOMMENDED: A first-timer’s guide to buying and using cannabis edibles

The 15 best restaurants in Tucson

The 15 best restaurants in Tucson

In 2015 Tucson became a World City of Gastronomy thanks to UNESCO. The official designation confirmed what Tucsonans already knew: that the city knows how to feed its people and the city's people love to eat. After all, Tucson’s agricultural history stretches back 4,000 years, the longest of any city in North America. Because of its unique positioning just 60 miles north of the US/Mexico border, the area features an abundance of Mexican fare but also celebrates the diversity of residents, who hail from all over the world and shape not only the culinary scene but the variety of things to do around town. In addition to the variety of flavors on local menus, you'll find a dedication in Tucson to preserving heritage seeds and growing heritage produce, one of the main reasons the city received the UNESCO designation. Gastronomical purveyors are similarly committed to buying their ingredients from local producers as well and to celebrating local foods on their menus with items like prickly pear iced tea and nopales fries—and you should make a point of tasting them all. Without further ado, here are the best restaurants in Tucson.

The best things to do in Las Vegas on the 4th of July

The best things to do in Las Vegas on the 4th of July

Las Vegas knows how to celebrate, so it’s no surprise that this 4th of July – the first major holiday since returning to pre-pandemic guidelines on June 1 –  the city is going all out in an effort to show the world that Vegas is back and better than ever. There’ll be fireworks, of course, but this year, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is coordinating a multi-venue spectacle on the Strip that will outdo any past display. (Consider watching the show from one of the city’s spectacular rooftop bars.) But that’s just for starters. Big-name concerts are back, restaurants are open to full capacity and masks are not required for fully-vaccinated guests at most hotels and casinos. Expect crowds, especially at the resorts and casinos, which were approved by the Nevada Gaming Control Board to operate at 100 percent capacity with no social distancing required. Admittedly, not everyone is ready for crowds, but if you are, Las Vegas will be the place to be on 4th of July weekend. Planning on spending the holiday in the Entertainment Capital of the World? We’ve rounded up the best things to do in Las Vegas on the 4th of July, from fireworks and big-name concerts to baseball and barbecue.