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On January 4, Attorney General Je Ses- sions killed the nation's by removing the loose, Obama-era advisories on marijuana policy. His move created way more questions than answers, but here's what we know so far. You (most likely) won't nd your favorite shop shuttered. The feds can't make the local authorities enforce their laws, and the chances of the FBI sud- denly taking down dispensaries seems incredibly low at the moment, but as long as marijuana remains clas- si ed as a Schedule I drug, nothing is guaranteed. Business as usual—sort of. Dispensaries and grow houses have momentum on their side, so expect them to keep on keeping on. Sessions' "return to the rule of law" creates extreme uncertainty, however, which is bad for business. Until we get clarity, expect a cooling e ect on innovation and investment. Consumption lounges are in jeopardy. Consump- tion lounges were a practical shoo-in for the City of Las Vegas, but now all bets are o . "The memo caught a lot of people o -guard," Assistant City Attorney Bry- an Scott says. In the next few weeks, his department will brief the City Council, which will then decide how to proceed. A Texas prosecutor is Nevada's wild card. Right before Sessions' cannabis coup, he appointed Dallas' Dayle Elieson to be Nevada's interim United States Attorney. This carpetbagger will decide how and when to interpret the law, and nobody knows what she'll do (at press time, she had not responded to the Weekly's inquiries). "Will the U.S. attorney decide to prosecute people? Will she give them time to get out of the in- dustry, or will she start enforcing it right away? We're waiting to see how it plays out," Scott says. "People in the industry will monitor what she does and gure out where they stand." What you can do. State Senator Tick Segerblom suggests contacting Sessions, President Trump and Senator Dean Heller with comments. "If Heller would stand up and say, 'This is unacceptable' to Sessions, they'd have to back down, because Sessions needs his vote," Segerblom says. In the meantime, he o ers another piece of advice: "I'm telling everybody to go down and buy as much [cannabis] as you can buy, because tomorrow it may not be there." A new federal threat creates uncertainty for Nevada's cannabis industry "This sign isn't just for business. This is made for you," reads the "digital information boards" that Cambridge, Massachusetts-based start-up Soofa (soofa.co) has placed around Downtown Las Vegas on a six- month trial basis. While the solar-powered signs—located at stops for the free Downtown Loop shuttle—do show advertising, they also provide real-time bus arrival info, and allow any user to upload their own ads, neighborhood bulletins or original art. (Prices for posts range from $40 to $1000 monthly, though at press time it's in free beta test- ing.) Hopefully, the City will choose to go all-in with Soofa—its solar- powered, phone-charging park benches look like another smart city must-have. –Geoff Carter A SMART SIGN OF THINGS TO COME 1 BIG PHOTO + A CLOUDY FUTURE intersection A N D L I F E M E E T B Y C . M O O N R E E D "This sign isn't just for business. This is made for you," reads the "digital information boards" that Cambridge, Massachusetts-based start-up Soofa ( month trial basis. While the solar-powered signs—located at stops for the free Downtown Loop shuttle—do show advertising, they also provide real-time bus arrival info, and allow any user to upload their own ads, neighborhood bulletins or original art. (Prices for posts range from $40 to $1000 monthly, though at press time it's in free beta test- A SMART SIGN OF THINGS TO COME intersection A N D L I F E M E E T The Sahara Events Center once hosted the likes of Led Zeppelin and Bob Marley when it was known as the Ice Palace. (Led Zeppelin & Bob Marley/AP Photo; Sahara Events Center by Christopher DeVargas/Staff/Photo Illustration) L A S V E G A S W E E K LY 0 1 . 1 1 . 1 8

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