Nevada is one of the few US states that has legalized both medicinal and recreational use of cannabis. Here are some key points to understand about cannabis laws in Nevada:
In 2016, Nevada voters approved the use of recreational marijuana for adults aged 21 and over. Since then, adults have been able to purchase and possess up to one ounce (28 grams) of marijuana flower, or up to 3.5 grams of concentrates such as oil or wax. Public consumption of cannabis is still illegal, and violators can be fined up to $600.
Nevada legalized medical marijuana in 2000, making it one of the first states to do so. Patients with qualifying medical conditions, such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, and PTSD, can apply for a medical marijuana card that allows them to purchase and possess up to 2.5 ounces (70 grams) of marijuana or its equivalent within a 14-day period. Minors under the age of 18 can also apply for a medical card with parental consent.
Licensed dispensaries in Nevada can sell both recreational and medical marijuana products, but must keep them separate and clearly labeled. As of 2021, there are over 80 dispensaries operating in Nevada, mostly in the Las Vegas area. Medical dispensaries can only sell to patients with valid medical marijuana cards, while recreational dispensaries can sell to anyone over the age of 21 with a valid ID.
Adults in Nevada are allowed to cultivate up to six plants per person, with a maximum of 12 plants per household. The plants must be grown in a secure, enclosed location that is not visible to the public. Medical marijuana patients who live more than 25 miles from a licensed dispensary can also grow their own marijuana, with a limit of 12 plants per person.
It is illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana in Nevada, and violators can face fines, license suspension, and even jail time. Unlike alcohol, there is no legal limit for THC (the psychoactive compound in marijuana) in a driver’s system, so law enforcement officers use other indicators, such as field sobriety tests, to determine if a driver is impaired.
Overall, Nevada’s cannabis laws are relatively liberal compared to other states, and have helped to create a thriving industry for both medical and recreational users. However, it is important to understand the rules and regulations surrounding cannabis use, and to use it responsibly and safely.