Skip to comments.Move Over Vegas, These Are The New Sin Cities
Posted on 01/03/2013 10:17:26 PM PST by bruinbirdman
When Washington became the first U.S. state to legalize recreational pot possession earlier this month, scores of Seattle residents gathered to celebrate by lighting up in public places across the city. But Seattles not alone when it comes to enjoying newly permitted vices: With more marijuana-legalization measures, a growing number of casinos and an increasing list of relaxed nightlife laws, new Sin Cities from St. Louis to Oakland are on track to give Vegas a run for its money.
In Seattle, the revelry over the Washington law followed voter approval of a ballot measure in November, allowing adults 21 and over to possess up to an ounce of pot. How it will be sold and regulated is still to be determined.
St. Louis, MO, is also included, due to several pro-vice factors: A growing gambling scene that includes a Harrahs and the newly expanded River City, along with a 2011 change in law that eased restrictions on problem gamblers by allowing those on the states lifetime ban list to remove themselves after five years. Missouri also has permissive alcohol laws, which allow, among other behaviors, public intoxication and drinking in cars by passengers.
In Oakland, CA, meanwhile, folks in need of
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Nah, you can never beat Vegas for size, comfort, and fun. Other places just don’t have the infrustructure for it.
What happens in Seattle doesn’t necessarily stay in Seattle, especially if it’s in your blood. If the company you work for has mandatory drug testing, you may not want to partake or even risk a contact-high.
Just what the country needs, more dope, dopes, vice, drugs, crime, gambling, vice and corruption.
What city in the US is without sin?
I know your referring to cities with over the top sin.
You had me thinking of my first sentence, and I came up empty.
Mind wanders at 2am. Time to log off.
The Vice Fund (VICEX) is a mutual fund investing in companies that have significant involvement in, or derive a substantial portion of their revenues from the tobacco, gambling, defense/weapons, and alcohol industries.
In America anyway. But Macao is not the #1 gambling destination in the world. Total gaming revenues are over 4 times that of Vegas, and nearly twice all US casinos combined.
Correction, that should read “Macao is NOW the #1 gambling destination in the world”.
....And what's wrong with that? Would they rather the drinkers be driving the car instead? I drink all the time while the wife is driving. Thus far, somehow no one has been harmed.
That’s thing...only OTHER people’s habits are vices.
Remember, we’re a nation of rugged individualists, so you better do what the Puritans tell you.
When I got my driver's license, my father would have me drive us to dinner so he could have a gin-and-tonic on the way, in compliance with Virginia law at the time. If my brother was also going with us, Dad would sit on a beach chair in the truck bed with his drink. And sometimes he'd go to an all-night poker game if Mom was out of town.
People think they can have a LITTLE bit of a Nanny State. You can’t sacrifice the principle that the government is in charge and then complain when they get around to your behavior.
“Vice” is an interesting and fluid concept. Is cigarette smoking a “vice”? What about drinking alcohol or gambling? Do we call these “vices” because we believe they are morally wrong according to some absolute standard, or because of their potential bad results for ourselves and others?
Of the items mentioned, it seems to me that alcohol-drinking has the most general bad effects for the public. The harms from alcohol-fueled stupid behavior, especially driving, are obvious and very common. The bad effects of smoking, on the other hand, are limited to the smoker and perhaps those who live in close quarters with him. For others, the negative impact is aesthetic - not wanting to smell smoke or smokers. Gambing is something else again: even a person gambing to excess or very unwisely is probably not going to wrap his car around a tree, unless he was also drinking.
Then we have the issue of the government’s declaring these activities to be “vices,” but having to promoted them in order to generate tax revenue from them. If gambling is a “vice,” why are the states spending our tax money to promote the “Education Lottery”? Isn’t that immoral, especially since we know that the most enthusiastic purchasers of lottery tickets are those who can least afford it?
We've got more of that between the Capitol and Foggy Bottom than anywhere else in the country!