The Roll-Up #51: Viva Las Vegas (a Very Special Episode)

Published on September 15, 2018 · Last updated July 28, 2020
The Roll-Up features Leafly editors Bruce Barcott, Ben Adlin, and Dave Schmader in a Friday morning roundtable about the week’s top cannabis news.

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The Roll-Up #51: Viva Las Vegas

A very special episode: Bruce & Ben roam Sin City to find out how Nevada’s legalization era is affecting America’s adult playground. Includes giant buds, El Chapo’s tunnel, the next Nevada governor, furtive consumption, a hit-and-run, and Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing Chevy Caprice.

What’s this show? Every Friday, Leafly editors Bruce Barcott, Ben Adlin, and Dave Schmader dissect the week’s top stories in cannabis with analysis, arguments, jokes, and obscure cultural references.

The Roll-Up: It’s a news and culture podcast, slightly elevated.

If you like what you hear, subscribe for free on iTunes or Stitcher.

Got feedback? Bring it: therollup@leafly.com. Want more? Hit us up on Twitter: @therollup.Where's the Dispensary Nearest My Hotel?

Meet the Next Governor

Steve Sisolak, no entourage. (Photo: Sisolak for Governor)

We tend to be one-issue voters here at The Roll-Up: Are you for legalization, or against it? Steve Sisolak, the current chair of the Clark County Commission, is running for Nevada governor and he’s all for legal, well-regulated cannabis.

He sees it as a great job-creating industry, and he’s confident his state can regulate it better than any other. (See under: gaming, experience, lots of it.)

His opponent, current Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, was against adult-use legalization in 2016 and has barely lifted a finger to defend it against Jeff Sessions in the past two years.

All the Dispensaries We Hit:

Acres Cannabis: 2320 Western Ave * Leafly Pickup Available * (The Underground Farmer’s Market is open Fri & Sat, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.)
Las Vegas ReLeaf: 2244 Paradise Road  * Leafly Pickup Available *
The Apothecarium: 7885 W Sahara Ave  * Leafly Pickup Available *
Reef Dispensaries: 3400 Western Ave
Blackjack Collective: 1860 Western Ave
MedMen: 4235 Arctic Spring Ave

The Apothecarium: Bruce’s Fave

Jeff & Brian’s 420 Tour of Las Vegas

Meet Jeff, your 420 Tour guide. (Bruce Barcott/Leafly)

We were skeptical about a 420 tour of Las Vegas, but Jeff and Brian won us over. They showed us a great selection of dispensaries, gave us insider tips about the town, where to eat, where not to eat, and how to enjoy your legal cannabis legally. They can pick you up at the airport, and even take you inside a legal cannabis grow. “Those guys were awesome!” said Bruce. You can find 420 Tours Vegas here.

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Dave’s 4-Part Guide to Las Vegas:

Recent Episodes:

About Our Music:

Our weekly theme song is “Turn Me On,” from the EP of the same name by The Shivas. Check out their music on iTunes. For more about the band, see their home page, theshivas.org.

For even more versions of “Viva Las Vegas,” written in 1963 by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, check out this compendium at secondhandsongs.com.

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